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.

As from 6 April, parents with children aged up to 16 will have the right to request flexible working, the government has confirmed.

A large number of small firms appear to be unaware that the statutory minimum holiday entitlement is to rise for employees.

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