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13 September, 2021

9 September, 2021 Open access

1.6 million people remained on furlough at 31 July 2021, new HMRC statistics show

With the CJRS due to close at the end of the month, new figures also show fifth consecutive monthly decrease, with number on furlough down by 340,000 compared to previous month

9 September, 2021 Open access

Government launches consultation on mandatory Covid-19 and flu vaccinations for frontline health and care staff in England

Announcement also confirms that adult social care workers will need to be double jabbed against Covid-19 as a condition of deployment in CQC-regulated care homes in England by 11 November 2021

8 September, 2021 Open access

While context around the government’s Covid-related employment programmes has moved on, the DWP has failed to adapt or change its plans, say MPs

In addition, Public Accounts Committee expresses concern at shortcomings in the Department's data on diversity and disadvantaged groups making it 'impossible to measure its effectiveness' or explain 'shocking inequality' in unemployment

7 September, 2021

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31 August, 2021

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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