Equality Bill

Challenge: Diversity & Equality in Small Business

ACCA and the FSB host discussion on SMEs and the Equality Bill. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will need to be increasingly mindful of equality and diversity issues long after the controversy over the Equality Bill has died down, according to a panel of experts from academia, business and politics. The experts gathered at a debate called Equality and Diversity in the SME sector: after the bill, organised by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the Federation of Small Business (FSB). »

SMEs Lose Out in Queens Speech

SMEs Lose Out in Queen’s Speech

Queen’s speech in brief — Bills affecting business: Equality Bill: businesses with more than 250 employees will have to report on gender differences on pay and publish the results. Agency workers to be given equal treatment with permanent staff after 12 weeks in a job. Digital Economy Bill: universal broadband to be introduced. Bribery Bill: makes it an offence if businesses fail to prevent a bribe being paid by an employee.   Economic recovery and growth were the leading themes in this year’s Queens’ Speech, but the small business sector was largely overlooked in the Government’s legislative programme. Key measures included a curb on City bonuses and plans to tackle inequality of pay between men and women working in large firms. The speech also unveiled ... »