Regulations

Plans that would have seen government departments limited by budgetary scrutiny in the amount of regulation they could produce each year have been put on hold, disappointing business groups.

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

The arrival of April marks one of the year’s two common commencement dates and, with it, a raft of changes to business rules and regulations.

Radical changes to the regulations on maternity and paternity leave have been put forward that could see new fathers getting more paid time off work.

The burden of complying with regulations for Scottish companies went up by £600 million in 2008, according to estimates by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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