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An employers’ group has claimed that there is no need for the government to create new laws which would add to the health and safety duties of company directors as the present system is working well.

Inflation, like interest rates, the instrument used by the Bank of England to control rises in the cost of living, is on the way down.

On Friday 23 January 2009, the Office for National Statistics produced the figures confirming what everyone knew: that the UK economy was in technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

New legislation, giving employees the right to request time off for training, will not be extended to include agency staff.

Companies House has stepped up its efforts to warn firms that they face more punitive penalties for the late filing of annual accounts.

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