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24 September, 2020 Open access

Government announces new in-work Job Support Scheme to support businesses and workers affected by COVID-19 through the winter months

New scheme to be introduced from November 2020 alongside extension of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme to April 2021

24 September, 2020 Open access

Government should stick to plans to abolish low pay despite coronavirus crisis, says Resolution Foundation

Britain’s low-paid workers have been at the heart of the COVID crisis, and the case for rewarding them 'is stronger than ever'

22 September, 2020

Employment Tribunals system needs more resources, not a ‘mixed bag of reforms’ to address its weaknesses and huge backlog of cases

While TUC welcomes some of the changes to tribunal processes included in new regulations, it warns that use of non-employment judges runs risk of increased formality or further delay

22 September, 2020 Open access

System of targeted wage support needed to protect jobs that are essential for recovery, says Shadow Chancellor

Speaking to the Labour Party conference, Anneliese Dodds outlines Labour's proposed Job Recovery Scheme

22 September, 2020 Open access

Almost £40 billion has been claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Updated statistics from HMRC also show that more than £5 billion has been claimed in the second tranche of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

18 September, 2020 Open access

Claims worth more than £5 billion made for second Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant

New HMRC statistics show that 2 million claims made by 31 August 2020, with average value of £2,500

17 September, 2020 Open access

More than £500 million to be given to social care providers to reduce COVID-19 transmission and help protect staff and residents

Department of Health and Social Care says that fund can be used to pay staff wages for those self-isolating and hire more staff to restrict movement between homes

16 September, 2020 Open access

Extending Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by eight months could reduce unemployment in Scotland by more than 60,000, says Scottish Government

New research also finds that wider economic benefits from extension mean that 'it could pay for itself'

15 September, 2020 Open access

Labour Party leader calls for a ‘life raft’ of targeted support to replace the Job Retention Scheme while the UK remains in the ‘choppy waters’ of COVID-19

Speaking at the TUC annual conference, Kier Starmer says it makes no sense to take support away in ‘one fell swoop’ and calls on Prime Minister to work with him to build a national plan to protect millions of jobs

15 September, 2020

New Presidential Guidance issued in relation to the use of the Welsh language in legal proceedings

Direction confirms that any 'party, witness or other person' who desires to use Welsh in any legal proceedings in Wales has the right to use it

15 September, 2020 Open access

Black and minority ethnic workers have ‘shouldered more risk’ during coronavirus pandemic, says TUC

New analysis shows that BME people are more likely to be in precarious work and in jobs with higher coronavirus mortality rates

14 September, 2020 Open access

New Presidential Guidance issued in relation to remote and in-person employment tribunal hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic

New guidance concerns the fixing and conduct of remote and in-person hearings, and methods to safeguard open justice when hearings are conducted remotely

14 September, 2020 Open access

Targeted continuation of Job Retention Scheme needed to prevent surge in unemployment in ‘close contact’ job sectors, says JRF

Hospitality and retail sectors among those that should benefit from a new COVID-19 furlough scheme to help protect jobs while dealing with reduced capacity and demand due to social distancing measures

14 September, 2020

11 September, 2020 Open access

MPs urge Chancellor to ‘carefully consider’ targeted extensions to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

New Treasury Committee report also recommends extension of universal credit increase, and review of statutory sick pay to ensure that workers can afford to self-isolate when needed

10 September, 2020 Open access

Motion calling on the government to abandon its ‘one-size-fits-all’ withdrawal of the Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support Schemes defeated in the Commons

House votes instead in favour of amendment that 'acknowledges that any deviation from this Government’s proposed plan will cause damage to the United Kingdom economy'

9 September, 2020 Open access

Commons Petitions Committee ‘extremely disappointed’ at government’s rejection of its recommendation to extend paid maternity leave in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Delivering government's response, Minister says current arrangements are 'sufficiently generous' to cater for wide variety of circumstances including lockdown

8 September, 2020 Open access

HMRC estimates that up to £3.5 billion in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme payments may have been due to fraud and error

However, HMRC Chief Executive tells MPs that 'we will be focusing on tackling abuse and fraud' and not trying to find employers who have made legitimate mistakes