Reforms to the pension system, planned for 2012, run the risk of adversely affecting the flexibility of the UK’s labour market, it has been argued.

Regulations that will see agency workers given the same rights on pay and conditions as permanent staff have gone out to consultation.

The Court of Appeal has backed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a legal battle over the use of tips and the national minimum wage.

Big businesses are being called on to add their names to the Prompt Payment Code.

The practice of using tips to bring workers’ pay up to the minimum wage is to be made illegal as from October.

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