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16 April, 2021 Open access

Insecure workers face ‘triple whammy’ of a lack of sick pay, fewer rights and endemic low pay while also having to shoulder more risk of Covid-19 infection

TUC research reveals that insecure workers are nearly 10 times more likely to receive no sick pay compared to secure workers, while Covid-19 mortality rates are twice as high

16 April, 2021 Open access

Government issues new Treasury Direction in relation to extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to the end of September 2021

Direction sets out the scheme applying for the period beginning on 1 May 2021 and ending on 30 September 2021

15 April, 2021

Almost two-fifths of UK workers are given less than a week’s notice of working hours

Living Wage Foundation highlights that low-paid workers, particularly from BAME backgrounds and families, have been hard hit by short notice practices during the Covid-19 pandemic

14 April, 2021 Open access

Government launches consultation on making Covid vaccination a condition of work for some care home staff

Evidence sought on how the change for care homes with older adult residents in England could be implemented and whether respondents think it would be beneficial

9 April, 2021 Open access

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

Direction confirms that claims for SEISS 4 must be made on or before 30 June 2021

6 April, 2021 Open access

New JobStart Scheme launched in Northern Ireland to fund work opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds

Scheme to provide employers with 100 percent of National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage for 25 hours a week on six or nine month placements

31 March, 2021 Open access

Presidential Guidance issued on hearing Employment Tribunal cases remotely ‘by default’ in 2021/2022

New 'road map' for the year also sets out staffing developments including a 'virtual region' that will bring together judges and lay members remotely to hear cases

31 March, 2021

Increase in banding rates for Employment Tribunal awards for injury to feelings

Joint Presidential Guidance increases banding for claims presented on or after 6 April 2021

31 March, 2021

30 March, 2021 Open access

Delays and increasing backlogs in the Employment Tribunal risk undermining ‘fundamental aims’ of our justice system, Peers warn

Lords Constitution Committee says that considerable new effort and investment is required 'for justice to be done, and be seen to be done'

26 March, 2021

Senior President of Tribunals issues Practice Direction authorising Employment Tribunal legal officers to carry out specified functions

However, authorised officers will still need to comply with Employment Presidents’ guidance and act under supervision of Employment Judges

26 March, 2021

TUC and employment rights lawyers warn of ‘huge gaps’ in law relating to use of artificial intelligence at work

Union calls for urgent legal reform in light of evidence that AI is now being used to make 'high-risk, life changing' decisions about workers' lives

26 March, 2021

25 March, 2021 Open access

Almost 11.5 million jobs have been furloughed since CJRS was introduced in March 2020

Total value of claims increases by almost £4 billion in the last month to stand at more than £57 billion

24 March, 2021

Consultation launched on National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates to apply from 2022

Low Pay Commission particularly interested in views on National Living Wage in light of government's target for rate to reach two-thirds of median earnings by 2024

24 March, 2021 Open access

Workers should not be forced to have Covid-19 vaccination, says TUC

Forcing workers to get vaccinated will harm trust and employee relations and may also be discriminatory and leave employers open to legal challenge

19 March, 2021

19 March, 2021

One in three BME workers say they have been unfairly turned down for a job

New TUC survey also finds that BME workers are almost twice as likely to be told that their job may be at risk if they don't accept worse conditions or reapply for position

19 March, 2021

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates and pay calculation rules from April 2021

New statutory instrument sets out new rates and includes provisions that reduce the National Living Wage age limit to 23