Business management

Sickness absence system to be reviewed

The Government has announced that the current employee sickness absence system is to be subject to a comprehensive review.

Proposed employment laws will add to business costs

A range of new employment laws that are due to be introduced over the next few years could cost UK businesses as much as £22.87 billion, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

HMRC launches new PAYE tools

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has introduced new online PAYE tools to help employers run their payroll systems.

Tax bodies express disappointment over go ahead for new accounts format

Tax professionals have voiced their disappointment at the Government’s decision to press head with the introduction of the new iXBRL system for filing company accounts.

Increase in red tape burden for directors and business owners

On average, the amount of time company directors spend each week doing paperwork related to regulatory compliance has gone up from 13 hours a month in 2009 to 17 hours a month in 2010, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Lift red tape barriers to apprenticeships, says business group

A leading business group has called on the Government to make it easier for smaller firms to invest in apprenticeship training.

Late invoice payment back on the agenda

Late payments of business invoices have risen to their highest level for three years, a new report has found.

Government acts to change unfair dismissal tribunal system

Staff who believe they have been unfairly dismissed could, in future, face extra barriers when taking their employers to an employment tribunal.

VAT rise could put pressure on smaller firms

As many as one in three of small businesses will struggle to cope with the recent VAT rise, a new survey has claimed.

New rates for statutory payments

Changes in the statutory payments which employers must make for 2011/12 have been announced.

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