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Firms with 50 or more staff have been urged to get ready for important changes to the PAYE system that are due to come into effect this April.

The government is being urged to set up a wage subsidy scheme in order to help hard-pressed employers weather the economic downturn.

The introduction of rules giving additional employment rights to temporary workers should be postponed until 2011, employment groups have argued.

A business group is pushing for automatic rate relief for small firms to become law.

The European Commission has put forward plans exempting small companies from having to file audit reports with national authorities.

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