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20 May, 2022

Acas survey finds that more than one in five employers plan to make Covid-19 vaccination a condition of employment

However, Chief Executive advises that employers should support staff to get a vaccine rather than insisting on it, and should get legal advice before adopting vaccine policy

18 May, 2022

Bill providing right to statutory paid leave for employees who are victims of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland receives Royal Assent

Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 requires Department for Economy to make regulations entitling victims of domestic abuse to at least ten days of 'safe leave' in each leave year

16 May, 2022

13 May, 2022

Removal of exception in Northern Ireland employment equality legislation that allows schools to lawfully discriminate on the grounds of religious belief in the appointment of teachers

Having received Royal Assent on 12 May 2022, the Fair Employment (School Teachers) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 now enables the Executive Office to make regulations to remove 'teachers' exception'

12 May, 2022

Government launches review that will look at how to build on the ‘good’ flexibility in the gig economy, while ensuring sufficient protections are in place to prevent exploitative practices

Future of Work Review will also consider the role of automation and the importance of local labour markets in creating employment

12 May, 2022

National minimum wage and national living wage enforcement activities in 2020/2021 identified more than £16 million in underpaid wages owed to workers

New government report concludes that HMRC delivered ‘strong’ enforcement results in a year significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

11 May, 2022 Open access

Equality and Human Rights Commission advises that whether long Covid amounts to a disability for Equality Act purposes will depend on the circumstances of individual cases

Commission recommends that employers follow existing guidance when considering reasonable adjustments and access to flexible working for those with long Covid

11 May, 2022

Government launches consultation on legislation to ensure that seafarers are paid equivalent of national minimum wage when in UK waters

Views sought on scope of Harbours (Seafarers' Remuneration) Bill that was announced in yesterday's Queen's Speech

11 May, 2022

Employment Tribunal Presidents issue joint Practice Direction on taking oral evidence by video or telephone from people located abroad

Guidance issued in response to recent judicial consideration of the issue in the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) case of Agbabiaka

9 May, 2022

Government to widen the ban on exclusivity clauses to give lowest paid workers the choice to work multiple jobs

An estimated 1.5 million low paid workers will be provided with 'new flexibility' to decide who they work for and how often they work

9 May, 2022

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28 April, 2022

Peers vote in favour of motion agreeing that asylum seekers should not be given the right to work after six months

Conservative peer reported to have withdrawn her name from key amendment amid a 'fierce whipping operation' to secure the passage of the Nationality and Borders Bill

25 April, 2022

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5 April, 2022

Employment Tribunals Presidents express ‘firm wish’ for discrimination and whistleblowing claims to return to in-person hearings by default

New 'road map' also sets out expectation that unfair dismissal claims will return in greater numbers to in-person hearings where possible