Regulations

Simplification of health and safety laws and employment tribunals are to be included in ongoing measures to cut business red tape regulations, business minister Michael Fallon has announced.

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

Businesses will need to realise the commercial importance of handling customer data correctly in order to succeed in 2013, the head of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

The temporary relaxation of real-time information (RTI) reporting rules for small businesses will be extended until April 2014, HMRC has announced.

From 2014, businesses with fewer than 50 employees are to benefit from the same regulatory exemptions that currently apply to smaller businesses, as the government continues its drive to reduce red tape.

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