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Businesses have been given a reprieve from the 5 per cent rates rise due this month.

The arrival of April marks one of the year’s two common commencement dates and, with it, a raft of changes to business rules and regulations.

As well as changes to the rules governing employers and businesses, this April's common commencement date also introduces some amendments to the tax system.

Radical changes to the regulations on maternity and paternity leave have been put forward that could see new fathers getting more paid time off work.

Businesses will find it easier and quicker to gain access to government support schemes under a new simplified system.

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