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The government is being urged to set up a wage subsidy scheme in order to help hard-pressed employers weather the economic downturn.
The introduction of rules giving additional employment rights to temporary workers should be postponed until 2011, employment groups have argued.
A business group is pushing for automatic rate relief for small firms to become law.
The European Commission has put forward plans exempting small companies from having to file audit reports with national authorities.
The freedom of banks to charge heavy fees on unauthorised overdrafts could soon be at an end after the High Court ruled that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has jurisdiction to investigate the charges

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