Regulations

Employers are no longer able to force older workers to retire once they reach 65 years of age following a gradual phasing out of the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

Regulations that stipulate the same employment and working conditions for agency workers as permanent staff are costly, time consuming and prevent job creation, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

Small businesses that fall foul of health and safety regulations must now cover the cost of their own health and safety inspections under new rules which came into force on 1 October.

Increased regulation for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is locking disadvantaged groups out of the workforce, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has claimed.

The Department of Work and Pensions estimates that over half a million people will be saving into a workplace pension scheme by Christmas, owing to the start of auto-enrolment in just over a week's time.

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