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22 November, 2021

17 November, 2021

16 November, 2021

Government confirms intention to ratify international convention on eliminating harassment and violence at work

Convention builds on government's 'already strong position on violence against women and girls', says Work and Pensions Secretary

16 November, 2021 Open access

Work and Pensions Secretary welcomes ‘milestone’ of 100,000 young people starting jobs through the Kickstart Scheme

However, recent written answer in Parliament shows that more than half of Kickstart jobs advertised and made available for young people have yet to be filled

16 November, 2021

Bill to improve employment rights of zero hours contract workers passes First Stage in Northern Ireland Assembly

Provisions in the Bill include new right to three hours pay if an employee is called out to work but is subsequently not given work

15 November, 2021

Select Committee Chair expresses frustration at government’s failure to set a timescale for introducing the Employment Bill

Stephen Timms also says that it is disappointing that the government will not commit to a comprehensive cross-departmental strategy to respond to the changing labour market

15 November, 2021

12 November, 2021

Use of artificial intelligence is transforming work and working lives in ways that have outpaced, or avoid, existing regimes for regulation

Calling for a new Accountability for Algorithms Act, All-Party Parliamentary Group warns of marked gaps in legal protection at individual, collective and corporate levels

11 November, 2021

Acas warns employers that the practice of fire and rehire is ‘an extreme step’ that can seriously damage working relations and has significant legal risks

Strengthened guidance for employers produced at request of government as alternative to 'heavy handed' legislation

8 November, 2021

5 November, 2021

More than a million people were on furlough on the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in September 2021

New HMRC figures also highlight that more than a fifth of employers still had staff on furlough, while more than half of those who remained on the scheme were earning less than £15,000 a year

5 November, 2021 Open access

NAO qualifies opinion on HMRC’s 2020/2021 accounts due to levels of fraud and error in Covid-19 support schemes

While acknowledging that HMRC has demonstrated considerable agility in responding at pace during the pandemic, Audit Office highlights that more than £5 billion in Job Retention Scheme payments are estimated to have been subject to fraud or error

5 November, 2021

Number of adults in England and Wales working for gig economy ‘platforms’ at least once a week triples in five years to reach 4.4 million

New TUC research also finds that almost a quarter of the workforce have done platform work at some point

1 November, 2021

27 October, 2021

26 October, 2021

Government accepts Low Pay Commission recommendation for increase in national living wage to £9.50 an hour

With rates of the national minimum wage to also increase from April 2022, Chancellor says 'this wage boost keeps us on track to meet our target to end low pay by the end of this parliament'

25 October, 2021

New Charter launched calling on government to tackle discrimination and ‘shift the dial’ on the disability employment gap

Supported by disability organisations, trade unions and academics, Charter sets out a 'bold plan' to bring down the barriers

25 October, 2021

20 October, 2021

Bill extending entitlement to parental bereavement leave and pay to parents of miscarried or stillborn babies receives first reading in House of Commons

Miscarriage 'is not an illness, and it is time the law stopped treating it like one', says Sarah Owen MP