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Legislation Changes

07 Apr 2009

Business Link has created a summary overview of the changes that come into force to help businesses identify those that are relevant to them.

Today is the Common Commencement Date for regulations, and Business Link is urging businesses from every sector to check the Business Link website for any legislative changes that may affect the way they do business.

To save businesses time and money, many government departments issue their changes to business legislation twice a year - on 6 April and 1 October - dates that are known as Common Commencement Dates (CCDs). Business Link has created a summary overview of the changes that come into force to help businesses identify those that are relevant to them.

This April, many changes aim to reduce or simplify regulation. For example, a simpler and more flexible system for resolving disputes in the workplace will replace the existing statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures and certain health and safety notification requirements will be removed. Other regulations strengthen enforcement provisions and will only be relevant to the minority of businesses who do not comply with national minimum wage legislation or who do not meet the standards required of employment agencies and employment businesses.

Businesses can also sign up to receive regular e-mail updates on new and changing regulations and set up a personalised regulation checklist allowing them to see which existing regulations are specific to their type of business.

www.businesslink.gov.uk/ccd.