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European Court Rules In Favour Of Capping Card Fees

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favour of capping card processing fees for UK retailers. The fees, which are known as interchange fees, currently cost UK business £1 billion a year. The retail industry has been campaigning for around ten years for the fees to be made more competitive. According to the…

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Shared Parental Leave Guide Published For Employers

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A new technical guide has been published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), to advise employers about the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014. The Regulations, which are due to come into force on 1st December 2014, will enable women to split all but the first two weeks of their maternity leave with…

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New Guide On Managing Bereavement In The Workplace

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Acas has released a new guide to help employers support members of staff affected by bereavement. ‘Managing bereavement in the workplace: a good practical guide’, provides advice for employers from the point the employee is notified of the bereavement to after their return to work. Other issues covered in the guidance include whether employees should…

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New consumer rights come into force

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Consumers in the UK will be able to take traders who use misleading or aggressive commercial practices to court, following the introduction of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The new Regulations, which will come into force on 1st October 2014, amend the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Under the amendment, consumers will…

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European Court rules in favour of capping card fees

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favour of capping card processing fees for UK retailers. The fees, which are known as interchange fees, currently cost UK business £1 billion a year. The retail industry has been campaigning for around ten years for the fees to be made more competitive. According to the…

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Small Business Act for Europe consultation announced

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The European Commission has launched a public consultation about proposed revisions to the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe. The consultation is seeking views from small business organisations, public bodies, and small and medium-sized firms. The proposed revisions to the SBA include measures to simplify the process of setting up in business, improve smaller firms’…

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Cap on dividends from CICs to be removed

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Community interest companies (CICs) will be able to pay dividends above 20% of their share value to individual shareholders each year under new legislation. The cap on dividends, which currently stipulates that CICs cannot pay dividends to a shareholder that are worth more than 20% of their shares in any one year, will be removed…

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For the past seven years Fabien Henissart, 40, has switched countries twice a day, crossing the sea and resetting his watch, back and forth. “You get used to it, you know,” says this resident of Boulogne in northern France. Every morning he drives his car to the Eurotunnel shuttle terminal, picking up several workmates on…

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Ofcom Outlines Plans to Help Small Firms

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Communications regulator Ofcom has outlined a programme to ensure small firms are better served by UK telecoms services. According to Ofcom, this will include providing support to rural firms, launching a web portal that provides advice and support specifically for business, and publishing research on the provision of telecoms services to small and medium-sized firms….

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