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14 December, 2020 Open access

Chancellor needs to ‘get ahead of the curve’ and shift focus away from COVID-19 wage subsidies and towards creating job opportunities

Urgent strategy is needed to prevent a spike in unemployment and save the prospects of a generation of young people, says Lords Committee

14 December, 2020

DWP announces further details of its new Restart scheme for long-term unemployed universal credit claimants

New scheme will provide up to 12 months enhanced work search support to claimants who have been out of work for at least 12 months

14 December, 2020

11 December, 2020 Open access

Employment Tribunal claims in three months to September 2020 at highest level since 2013/2014

Ministry of Justice attributes increase in single claims, alongside highest ever outstanding caseload, to impact of COVID-19 on economy and 'unique challenges' on court resources

7 December, 2020

4 December, 2020

Government consults on measures designed to allow workers greater freedom to find new or additional work

Reforms are 'another step on our path to making sure the UK is the best place in the world to work', says Business Secretary

3 December, 2020 Open access

Northern Ireland Economy Minister announces new COVID-19 support scheme for the newly self-employed

New scheme to provide one-off taxable grant of £3,500 to eligible applicants who started trading as self-employed between 6 April 2019 and 5 April 2020

1 December, 2020

Government confirms it has no plans to extend statutory paid bereavement leave to all employees who lose a close family member or partner

Business Minister says costs of extending entitlement and additional burdens on business 'cannot be ignored'

30 November, 2020

30 November, 2020

26 November, 2020 Open access

Amendments to regulations setting out how a week’s pay is to be calculated for purposes of calculating statutory payments for furloughed workers in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule makes amendments in consequence of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme being extended to 31 March 2021

25 November, 2020

Chancellor announces almost £3 billion funding for new Restart Programme to help more than a million unemployed people to find work

However, Spending Review documents highlight that only £0.4 billion of the new funding will be available in 2021/2022

25 November, 2020

Government confirms national living wage and national minimum wage rates from April 2021

Recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October 2020 are accepted in full

25 November, 2020 Open access

Government issues new Treasury Direction in relation to the third payment under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Direction confirms that claims for SEISS 3 must be made on or before 29 January 2021

25 November, 2020 Open access

Two-thirds of self-employed people eligible to claim the second SEISS grant made a claim in the application window that closed on 19 October 2020

Monthly HMRC statistics for the second grant also show that the value of claims reached £5.9 billion

23 November, 2020

20 November, 2020 Open access

Treasury Committee renews call for government to fill ‘significant gaps’ in support offered by CJRS and SEISS

Committee also argues that, despite extension of CJRS, case remains for Chancellor to 'carefully consider' targeted support for sectors hardest hit by coronavirus

18 November, 2020 Open access

Amendments to regulations setting out how a week’s pay is to be calculated for purposes of calculating statutory payments for furloughed workers

New statutory instrument makes amendments in consequence of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme being extended to 31 March 2021