Making Access to Goods and Services Easier for Disabled Customers: A Practical Guide for Small Businesses and Other Service Providers Foreword by the Federation of Small Businesses “As the main organisation representing small businesses, we welcome this practical guide on making access to goods and services easier for disabled customers. Among our 160,000 members – covering all types of businesses – we know that there is an appreciation of the needs of disabled customers and a willingness to do what is practically achievable to improve both premises and service provision for all customers. This guide has been written specifically with small businesses and other small service providers in mind, and we are certain that you will find in it plenty of practical suggestions for... »
Our employment section contains a comprehensive list of business advice articles to help you choose and manage the right staff for your small and medium enterprise. Read on to ensure you create a productive and positive working environment.
Childcare Vouchers – on the ascendant Designed to help working parents, childcare voucher schemes have seen a sharp rise in their profile in the benefits arena since vouchers became tax free in April 2005. Childcare vouchers are an alternate means of paying for childcare. Vouchers are provided by employers to staff and are a simple tangible way in which employers can assist employees with their childcare costs. Employers of choice have become aware of the importance of adopting family friendly policies to attract and retain staff in what is now a highly competitive job market. Staff loss through soaring childcare costs has become a major issue for industry. Losing a key member of staff can, however, impact more heavily on a smaller organisation. Recognising the difficulties being fac... »
Your Guide to the Working Time Regulations This document provides guidance on the limits on working time and the entitlements provided for in the Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended). It gives general guidance only and should not be regarded as a complete or authoritative statement of the law. Readers should be aware that there may be developments in new legislation or case law which affect the rights of workers Who’s Who A worker is: someone who has a contract of employment, or someone who is paid a regular salary or wage and works for an organisation, business or individual. Their employer normally provides the worker with work, controls when and how the work is done, supplies them with tools and other equipment, and pays tax and National Insurance contributions. This in... »
NEW – From April 2009, the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) in the UK increased from £117.18 per week to £123.06 per week. The Government is committed to helping working parents. Rights to leave and pay for adoptive parents have been introduced for employees whose children are placed with them on or after 6 April 2003. »