Legislation

Legislation

Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

Chancellor Alistair Darling

Chancellor to grill banks over business lending

By Becky Paskin

Chancellor Alistair Darling is to meet with the heads of Britain’s major banks this afternoon to discuss why small and medium-sized businesses are ‘losing out’ on loans

Restaurants urged to adopt service charge code

Restaurants urged to adopt service charge code

By Emma Eversham

The British Hospitality Association calls for the industry to adopt a new voluntary code of practice for service charges to help rebuild its reputation following the controversy over tips

Britons pay third highest beer tax in EU

Britons pay third highest beer tax in EU

By Becky Paskin

Latest figures from the BBPA reveal that Britons are paying the third highest amount of beer tax on a single pint in the EU, nine times more than the Germans

FSA revises salt reduction targets

FSA revises salt reduction targets

By Emma Eversham

The Food Standards Agency publishes revised voluntary salt reduction targets for the food industry to meet by 2012 in a bid to drop peoples average daily salt intake to 6g a day

Drinks promotions to be banned under new code

Drinks promotions to be banned under new code

By Emma Eversham

Licensed premises will be banned from running all you can drink style promotions and will have to sell wines and spirits in a range of measures under the Governments proposed new code of practice

MPs demand pub industry review

MPs demand pub industry review

By Emma Eversham

MPs are urging the Competition Commission to investigate the big pub companies after a report showed that there were serious problems over the way tenants have been treated

Waiting staff 'delighted' by new tips law

Waiting staff 'delighted' by new tips law

By Emma Eversham

Front-of-house staff celebrate the Governments new ruling on tips which makes it illegal for employers to use them to make up staff wages to the national minimum wage

Tips law change made at wrong time says BHA

Tips law change made at wrong time says BHA

By Emma Eversham

The Government’s decision to move forward with plans to make it illegal for employers to top up staff wages with tips will land the industry with a high wage bill when it is already struggling says the British Hospitality Association

Hospitality workers can keep 48-hour week opt-out

Hospitality workers can keep 48-hour week opt-out

By Becky Paskin

Hospitality workers will be allowed continue working more than 48-hours per week after five years of EU negotiations to phase out the Working Time Directive failed this week

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