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The latest UK business law news and government policy updates for small businesses.

Small businesses need a greater role in devolution of England: EEF

Small businesses have the most to gain from England’s devolution plans but need a bigger voice, says manufacturing body EEF.

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SME employees failing to get to grips with their contracts

Only one worker in 166 has ever fully read their contract and understands its contents, research finds.

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Fathers support shared parental leave laws

New rules enabling fathers to share their partner's maternity leave entitlement of 52 weeks have been met with approval by dads.

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Concern for SMEs over Labour proposal to scrap tribunal fees

Worries have arisen that small businesses may have to face more claims should Labour's plan to abolish employment tribunal fees come to fruition.

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Employers unprepared for shared parental leave legislation

Small businesses admit they are not ready for the requirements of upcoming legislation that enables parents to choose how to share time off work.

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Older white men more likely to instigate tribunals

White, heterosexual males over the age of 45 are the most likely to lodge a tribunal claim against their employer. 

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Small businesses benefit from modernised street trading rules

Reforms to street trading rules will make them both stronger and fairer, a government minister has said. 

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Legal problems hit small businesses for £100 billion a year

Small business owners are being let down by legal services providers, being hit financially and emotionally, research finds.

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Employment tribunal process in shake-up to make it easier to navigate

New rules have been announced in an attempt to streamline the employment tribunal process to make tribunals more efficient and easier to understand.

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Changes to audit procedure unveiled by government

The government has introduced a new initiative which it hopes will save millions of pounds in accountancy and administration costs.

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Businesses to comply with new website privacy laws

UK small businesses could face fines of up to £500,000 if they fail to meet tough new website privacy laws which come into force this month.

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Patent Box praised by SMEs

Patent legislation announced in the Budget has been hailed as key to ensuring manufacturing continues in the UK.

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Auto-enrolment delay could cause problems

The government’s decision to delay introducing auto-enrolment pensions for small and medium sized businesses is likely to be a mixed blessing for the sector, according to a law firm.

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New EU law could break down trade barriers

Small businesses in the UK could find it easier to sell goods or services to other European countries thanks to a new EU-wide sales law, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

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London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene