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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

20 October, 2021

Bill providing right to statutory paid leave for workers who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland receives first reading

Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill includes provision for at least 10 days leave in each leave year as a 'day one' right

19 October, 2021

18 October, 2021

DWP confirms pilot of reasonable adjustments ‘passport’ to maintain record of workplace adjustments to support disabled workers

Work and Pensions Minister says pilot will help determine whether the passport reduces need for assessments where disabled person’s needs stay the same

18 October, 2021

13 October, 2021

11 October, 2021

6 October, 2021 Open access

Scottish Government to invest £200 million in adult upskilling and retraining opportunities as part of Covid-19 recovery strategy

Funding to focus on workers in areas of economy particularly impacted by pandemic and the transition to Net Zero

4 October, 2021

27 September, 2021

Labour Party publishes employment rights green paper outlining raft of measures to increase and strengthen workers’ rights

Party's Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary for the Future of Work also tells conference delegates that new rights, including day one entitlement to sick pay and the banning of zero hours contracts, will be signed into law ‘within first 100 days of coming into office'

27 September, 2021