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23 July, 2021

Women and Equalities Committee launches inquiry on menopause discrimination in the workplace

Committee seeks to address failures of legislation and workplaces to support women with menopausal symptoms

21 July, 2021

Government commits to introducing duty requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment at work

Response to 2019 consultation also confirms intention to introduce protections from third-party harassment, and to 'look closely' at extending deadline for employment tribunal claims under Equality Act 2010 from three to six months

21 July, 2021

Government sets out employment tribunal changes in new Judicial Review and Courts Bill

Changes being made to address fact that ETs are the only area of tribunal business where control over procedure rests with a government minister in another department

19 July, 2021

Unions call for ‘urgent reset’ in government’s approach to LGBT employment rights

Open letter to Equalities Minister seeks new duties on employers to protect workers from harassment by customers and clients, and to prevent sexual harassment at work

12 July, 2021 Open access

Cross-party scrutiny committee summons Covid Vaccine Minister to address concerns about proposed vaccination of care home staff as a condition of employment

Lords committee also says the lack of clarity and practical detail in the draft regulations make effective scrutiny of the instrument impossible

9 July, 2021 Open access

Less than a third of Kickstart vacancies have been filled more than 9 months after scheme’s £2 billion launch

However, Work and Pensions Secretary says that 'we are seeing more starts every day and are working with employers to fill roles'

6 July, 2021 Open access

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

Direction confirms that claims for SEISS 5 must be made on or before 30 September 2021

1 July, 2021 Open access

Number of individuals on furlough reduced by more than a million in month to 31 May 2021

New HMRC statistics also show that 2.9 million individuals have received a grant from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme since its introduction

1 July, 2021

Bill to give workers the right to flexible working from first day of employment receives first reading in House of Commons

New Bill will also require employers to offer flexible working arrangements in employment contracts and advertise flexibility options when recruiting

30 June, 2021

Bill to provide for statutory paid bereavement leave following death of close family member or partner receives first reading

Private Member's Bill due to receive second reading in House of Commons on 29 October 2021

29 June, 2021

MPs say the ‘time is now’ for the government’s long-promised Employment Bill

DWP must also adopt a 'laser-like focus' on ensuring that its employment schemes are reaching the right people, says Work and Pensions Committee

28 June, 2021

Urgent action needed on ethnicity pay gap reporting to help transform understanding of race inequality at work

TUC, CBI and Equality and Human Rights Commission call on the government to commit to introducing mandatory reporting and bring forward a clear timetable for getting it into law

21 June, 2021 Open access

Long Covid must be urgently recognised as a disability and Covid-19 as an occupational disease

Changes are needed to give workers access to legal protections and compensation, says TUC

17 June, 2021 Open access

All workers in care homes must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from October 2021

DHSC says that new regulations will cover employees and volunteers within the care home, as well as those coming in to carry out other work, unless they have a medical exemption

10 June, 2021

Number of outstanding employment tribunal cases increased by almost 40 per cent in first three months of 2021 compared to same period in 2020

New Ministry of Justice figures also show that number of claims disposed of decreased by more than 20 per cent

10 June, 2021

9 June, 2021

Business Minister says ‘heavy handed’ legislation is not necessary in order to protect workers from ‘unacceptable’ fire and rehire negotiation tactics

Minister advises MPs that ACAS has instead been asked to produce stronger guidance to help employers explore all options before considering fire and rehire

8 June, 2021

Government announces plans to create a single enforcement body for employment rights

New 'one-stop shop' will take over responsibility for enforcing National Minimum Wage, tackling modern slavery, and protecting agency workers, while also having new powers to resolve holiday pay and SSP disputes

7 June, 2021

Scottish Government calls for cross-party support for bid for full devolution of employment powers to aid post-pandemic recovery

Social Justice Secretary says that increased powers would enable Scotland to create fairer workplaces, increase wages, reduce insecure work, and 'shift the curve on poverty'