Business management

State pension age could require 'significant' rise

The state pension age will need to rise to 72 over the next two decades if the government wishes to peg retirement costs to the public purse at the same level as existed in 1981.

Small firms risk falling victim to online credit card fraud

Small firms that trade online are not taking sufficient precautions against payment processing fraud, it has been claimed.

Profit sharing attractive to employees

A majority of employees insist that participation in some form of profit sharing scheme would boost their productivity.

Small firms should be exempt from pension proposals

The very smallest employers should be exempt from the automatic enrolment pension scheme that is due to come into effect in 2012.

Government urged to drop time to train regulations

The government should consider scrapping plans to give employees the right to ask for time off to train.

Majority of school leavers up to the job

Many school leavers are well prepared for work, a new study has claimed.

Call to reform maternity and paternity leave

The maternity and paternity leave system needs a major overhaul, according to a report from a leading business group.

New paternity leave plans may be amended

New rules which will allow fathers to take longer periods of paternity leave could be changed by the coalition government.

Changes may reduce occupational pension payments

The government has laid out plans to change the way that payments are calculated for final salary pension schemes.

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