Business management

SMEs urged to tackle problem of late payment

Too many smaller firms are failing to safeguard themselves against the problems posed by late payments.

Pay gender reporting could backfire, says CBI

Following the announcement that the government is to go ahead with the introduction of the Equality Act, a leading employers’ group has claimed that one aspect of the legislation could have an adverse effect on the number of women in higher paid jobs.

First meeting for red tape committee

A new Cabinet committee, tasked with the job of reducing the heavy burden of red tape on business, has convened its first meeting.

More needs to be done to assess the impact of red tape

The quality and scope of regulation impact assessments need to improve, a report has recommended.

Dropping default age would harm business, say employers

Business organisations have reacted with disappointment to news that the government is proposing to remove the default retirement age.

Call for over-haul of UK labour laws

The CBI has put forward a series of proposals aimed at changing labour market and employment rules.

Sick leave shows a drop

The average employee took 6.4 days off sick last year, the lowest rate since 1987, a new survey has revealed.

Government pledge to tackle business red tape

The government has outlined the first phase of its plans to reduce the level of regulation affecting businesses.

Queen’s Speech promises employment changes

An extension of the right of employees to request flexible working and a faster than planned raising of the state retirement age both formed part of the new coalition government’s first Queen’s Speech.

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