Regulations

An independent review of the regulations affecting small businesses has made a number of recommendations aimed at helping firms comply with the law.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a guide to help small firms cope with the economic downturn.

The government has accepted a request from the Low Pay Commission to delay an announcement of its recommendations on this year’s rise in the national minimum wage.

Businesses are being reminded that the penalties for breaking workplace health and safety laws have increased following the introduction of the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

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