Employees

Small firms not yet in a position to create new jobs

Smaller businesses are beginning to recover from the economic downturn but aren’t yet strong enough to take on new members of staff in substantial numbers.

What the political parties are promising

With the election looming, the main political parties have outlined what they intend to do on business support and tax.

Sickness presence may cost firms more than absenteeism

Businesses could be hit harder by employees coming to work when they are ill than by sickness absence, a new report has claimed.

New workers' pension scheme could 'deter' savers

The government’s new workplace pension scheme may be rejected by many of the employees it is deigned to help, the CBI has claimed.

Guidance on equality regulations too 'complex' for smaller firms

A document drawn up to help small firms comply with regulations that will be introduced under the new Equality Act could end up defeating its own objectives.

Employers reminded of possible tax errors in April payslips

Employers and employees are being reminded that there could be some errors with the new PAYE tax codes that have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Pension contributions declined during recession

The arrival of the recession in 2008 resulted in a drop in overall pension contributions, the first since records began in 1995.

Pension funds back in the black

The improving economic climate has seen the funds of the UK’s final salary pension schemes move into a surplus for the first time in nearly two years.

Long-term sick leave rules could hamper recruitment

Rulings handed down by the European Court of Justice on long-term sick leave are making it more difficult for smaller employers to take on staff.

Recession takes its toll of training budgets

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the funds invested by businesses in training.

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