Employment

Zero Hours Exclusivity Ban Comes into Force Today

Written by Victoria Cummins

New measures have come into force today banning the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hour employment contracts. The ban on these contracts, which prevent employees from working for another employer even though they themselves do not guarantee any hours of work, became law through the government’s Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. ACS chief […]

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ACS Responds to National Minimum Wage Recommended Rise to £6.70

Written by Victoria Cummins

The Low Pay Commission, the body which advises the government on minimum wage, has recommended an increase to the current national minimum wage by 3% from £6.50 to £6.70. The increase, if accepted by the government, would come into effect in October 2015. ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “With inflation running at 0.5% and […]

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Treasury Minister Addresses Small Shops Group on Business Rates

Written by Victoria Cummins

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, and the Minister responsible for business rates addressed the All Party Small Shops Group today in Westminster to discuss business rates in light of the Chancellor’s announcements in last week’s Autumn Financial Statement. ACS Chief Executive, James Lowman, said: “The measures announced in Autumn Statement will help […]

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ACS Responds to BIS Consultation on Zero-Hour Contracts

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS has responded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) consultation on how to prevent avoidance of the exclusivity clause ban in zero-hours contracts.   The government’s Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill recently introduced a provision to ban the use of exclusivity clauses. An exclusivity clause in a zero hours contract is […]

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ACS Raises Concerns over Auto Enrolment Pension Costs

Written by Victoria Cummins

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee into the auto enrolment pension scheme, raising concerns about the impact of the plans on the smallest businesses and their staff. The auto-enrolment process will see most convenience stores begin to enroll their staff in June 2015. Under the new […]

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