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Northern Ireland could set corporation tax from 2017

The bill that would permit corporation tax powers to be devolved to Northern Ireland has been published by the government.

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Government curbs holiday pay ruling

Employers may see the potential costs caused by the November 2014 holiday pay ruling reduced after the government announced measures to limit employees' ability to claim backdated holiday pay.

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Auto enrolment hits 5 million milestone

The number of employees automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme has reached 5 million, according to the Pensions Regulator.

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Durability of pension reforms questioned

The government's flagship pension policies may not survive a change of government, according to a survey of financial advisers by investment platform provider AJ Bell.

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Shared Parental Leave comes into effect

New Shared Parental Leave regulations have come into effect, allowing parents more flexibility in how they look after their child during the first year after birth.

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Pension reforms questioned by industry body

The government's pension reforms still raise many "questions and uncertainties", the National Association of Pension Funds has said.

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EU regulation cuts benefit SMEs

British businesses have saved more than £200 million during the first year of a government campaign to reduce EU regulations, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced.

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SMEs warned about cyber threats

Small and medium-sized businesses should do more to protect themselves against online fraud and IT security risks, a panel of experts has said.

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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

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New support for online exporters

UK businesses will have access to a new package of services designed to boost online exports, UK Trade and Investment has announced.

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