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17 August, 2021

Information Commissioner’s Office launches call for views on data protection and employment practices

Consultation will inform updated guidance on use of data in recruitment and selection, employment records, monitoring of workers, and information about workers’ health

16 August, 2021

12 August, 2021 Open access

TUC calls on government to establish a permanent short-time working scheme to help protect working people from future economic change

Union body recommends that new scheme should provide 80 per cent of workers’ wages, funded training, and full flexibility in working hours

9 August, 2021

2 August, 2021

30 July, 2021

TUC calls on government to ban use of umbrella companies to employ agency staff

'These scandalous workplace practices have no place in modern Britain', says General Secretary

29 July, 2021 Open access

Number of individuals on furlough drops below two million for first time since CJRS introduced

HMRC reports fourth consecutive monthly decrease after peaks of 8.9 million in May 2020 and 5.1 million in January 2021

28 July, 2021

Labour Party announces plan to give workers automatic right to flexible working

New policy includes duty on employers to accommodate flexible working, and right to flexibility around school runs and other family and caring responsibilities

27 July, 2021

Labour Party announces policy intention to create a single status of ‘worker’

Under new policy, all workers bar the genuinely self-employed would have full rights and protections from day one of employment

26 July, 2021

23 July, 2021

23 July, 2021

Women and Equalities Committee launches inquiry on menopause discrimination in the workplace

Committee seeks to address failures of legislation and workplaces to support women with menopausal symptoms

21 July, 2021

Government commits to introducing duty requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment at work

Response to 2019 consultation also confirms intention to introduce protections from third-party harassment, and to 'look closely' at extending deadline for employment tribunal claims under Equality Act 2010 from three to six months

21 July, 2021

Government sets out employment tribunal changes in new Judicial Review and Courts Bill

Changes being made to address fact that ETs are the only area of tribunal business where control over procedure rests with a government minister in another department

19 July, 2021

Unions call for ‘urgent reset’ in government’s approach to LGBT employment rights

Open letter to Equalities Minister seeks new duties on employers to protect workers from harassment by customers and clients, and to prevent sexual harassment at work

19 July, 2021

12 July, 2021 Open access

Cross-party scrutiny committee summons Covid Vaccine Minister to address concerns about proposed vaccination of care home staff as a condition of employment

Lords committee also says the lack of clarity and practical detail in the draft regulations make effective scrutiny of the instrument impossible

12 July, 2021