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16 November, 2020

13 November, 2020 Open access

13 November, 2020

12 November, 2020

11 November, 2020

Government urged to introduce two weeks’ statutory paid bereavement leave

Sue Ryder charity highlights that grief experienced by employees who have lost a loved one costs the UK economy £23 billion a year

9 November, 2020

5 November, 2020 Open access

Government announces extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to the end of March 2021, and extra support for the self-employed

Chancellor responds to worsening economic backdrop and the need to give people and businesses security through the winter

5 November, 2020

Employment (Dismissal and Re-employment) Bill receives first reading in House of Commons

Private Members' Bill seeks to prohibit employers dismissing employees and subsequently re-employing them for the purpose of diminishing the terms and conditions of employment

4 November, 2020 Open access

Last minute announcement to extend Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme came too late for the many who had already lost their jobs

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says government must set out clear, long-term plan covering different COVID-19 scenarios so that employers can plan effectively

4 November, 2020

Work and Pensions Committee launches inquiry into disability employment gap

MPs will investigate the support DWP offers to disabled people and consider how this could be improved to help people 'find, stay, and progress in work'

4 November, 2020 Open access

Scottish Government seeks clarification of whether furlough payments can continue in Scotland after the extended Job Retention Scheme comes to an end

Repeated requests for clarification since Prime Minister’s announcement last weekend have not received a response, Finance Minister says

2 November, 2020 Open access

Support through Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to be doubled from 40 to 80 per cent of average trading profits, Prime Minister announces

HM Treasury also confirms that people will be able to apply from the end of November 2020 rather than the middle of December, with support provided faster

2 November, 2020

31 October, 2020 Open access

Government announces extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until December 2020

As a result, new Job Support Scheme, that had been due to be introduced tomorrow, has been postponed until the extended furlough scheme ends

27 October, 2020 Open access

Urgent reform of employment law needed to prevent insecurity, in-work poverty and exploitation arising from coronavirus pandemic

Centre for Progressive Policy calls for elimination of zero hours contracts, and for statutory presumption that workers are employed unless it can be proved they are self-employed

23 October, 2020 Open access

Government’s ‘final hour’ strengthening of COVID-19 job support package will still leave people struggling this winter

IPPR warns that inadequate welfare payments and continued lack of employer incentives to keep low paid jobs open will leave too many families ‘in the cold’

23 October, 2020 Open access

NAO finds that almost one in ten furloughed employees were asked to work during lockdown in breach of CJRS rules

New report on coronavirus-related employment support schemes calls on HM Treasury and HMRC to do more to protect employees and counter acts of fraud

23 October, 2020 Open access

Employment Tribunals facing ‘perfect storm’ of rising demand at time of limited capacity, says Citizens Advice

New analysis of employment tribunal data finds backlog of cases caused by coronavirus pandemic could rise to more than half a million by Spring 2021

22 October, 2020 Open access

Government announces changes to Job Support and Self-Employment Income Support Schemes in recognition of the ‘challenging times ahead’

Less than a month since announcing his Winter Economy Plan, the Chancellor says that he's always said that the government must be ready to adapt its financial support as the COVID-19 situation evolves