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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that employees who have been on long-term sick leave can take all the paid annual holiday they have accumulated while off work.

Councils have promised to take a series of measures aimed at supporting local businesses through the economic downturn.

Business groups have supported the government’s move to boost the credit market with a second multi-billion-pound bail out of the UK’s banks.

Taxpayers, with tax owing of up to £2,000, are being advised that HM Revenue and Customs’ online tax return website contains a mistake.

The Business Payment Support Scheme (BPSS) has a number of detailed technical consequences. These are discussed below.

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