Business management

EU business regulations need greater 'scrutiny'

The UK government does not interrogate legislation coming from EU as closely as it should and too often adopts a tick-box approach instead of applying a rigorous analysis of the likely effects of the regulations.

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Regulation system needs 'wholesale review'

A business group has renewed its call for the next government to tackle the burden that over-regulation imposes on businesses.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Late payments total billions for SMEs

Almost three-quarters of small firms have been hit by the late payment of bills during the past year, new figures suggest.

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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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Urgent action needed to improve management standards

Raising the standards of British business management needs to be much higher on the political agenda, it has been claimed.

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Employees get right to ask for training

As from 6 April, many employees have the right to ask their employers for time to train.

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Fit notes in major overhaul of sick leave system

Employees who are off work sick for more than seven days, as from 6 April, are to be issued with ‘fit notes’ rather than sick notes by their GPs.

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