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8 December, 2023

Regulations setting minimum service levels for railway and ambulance services mark first use of powers under the Strikes Act 2023 to require workers to work on strike days

New statutory instruments introduced alongside Code of Practice outlining steps a trade union should take to comply with the Act

7 December, 2023

Status of Workers Bill receives first reading in the House of Lords

Bill provides for creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning of 'employee', 'worker' and 'employer' in relevant legislation

4 December, 2023

4 December, 2023

1 December, 2023

29 November, 2023

Minimum service level regulations fail to allay MPs’ concerns that severe consequences of non-compliance on employees may amount to disproportionate interference with Article 11 ECHR rights

Human Rights Select Committee also says that consultations on the mediation processes for the new measures were not sufficient to address its concerns

29 November, 2023

27 November, 2023

24 November, 2023

Workforce Information (Ethnicity) Bill receives first reading

Introduced in the House of Lords, Private Members' Bill makes provision for certain employers to be required to publish information about differences in pay between people from prescribed ethnic backgrounds

23 November, 2023

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill receives its first reading

Introduced in the House of Lords, Private Members' Bill makes provision to provide safeguards for workers against dismissal and re-engagement on inferior terms and conditions

22 November, 2023

Government accepts Low Pay Commission’s recommendation to increase national living wage to £11.44 from 1 April 2024

Minister also advises that the age threshold for the NLW is to be lowered from 23 to 21 years

21 November, 2023

Supreme Court rules that group of Deliveroo riders were not in an employment relationship for the purposes of establishing collective bargaining rights

Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (Appellant) v Central Arbitration Committee and another (Respondents) [2023] UKSC 43

20 November, 2023

16 November, 2023

Government launches consultation on reintroducing strike-breaking agency worker laws

Views sought by Department for Business and Trade on amending current rules so that employment businesses are permitted to supply agency workers to cover strikes in any sector

16 November, 2023

Department for Business and Trade publishes guidance on issuing work notices that specify the workforce required to meet minimum service levels under the Strikes Act 2023

Non-statutory guidance for employers, trade unions and employees includes procedural advice and confirms that any employee specified in a work notice who takes strike action contrary to that notice will lose automatic protection from unfair dismissal

14 November, 2023

Government consults on draft regulations that ensure seafarers operating in UK waters receive pay equivalent to at least the national minimum wage

Views sought on draft regulations under Seafarers' Wages Act 2023 in first part of two-stage consultation process

13 November, 2023

10 November, 2023

Government lays draft regulations to reform retained EU employment law

Draft statutory instrument provides for reforms relating to record keeping requirements and holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations and consultation requirements under the TUPE Regulations