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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Huge numbers failing to save for retirement

Almost two out of three private sector employees are not saving for a pension, official figures have revealed.

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Reversing NIC increase would boost tax receipts, says IoD

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has argued that changing the decision to increase national insurance contributions would generate higher tax receipts in the longer run.

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Flexible working 'not always' to employers’ advantage

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has said that the introduction of flexible working patterns doesn’t invariably work to the benefit of employers.

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Your employees

No matter how much cash there is in the bank or how much you have in working capital, a firm's most valuable asset is its employees. Taking care of your staff can make the difference between an ordinary business and a truly successful one.

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