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13 August, 2019

Almost half of self-employed adults aged 25 and over are earning less than the minimum wage

New TUC analysis also shows that women fare particularly badly, with 52 per cent earning less than the minimum hourly rate

29 July, 2019

3.7 million workers in the UK are in insecure work

TUC says government's Good Work Plan is inadequate, and calls for a significant shift in workplace rights

23 July, 2019

Government to extend redundancy protection period to six months for new mothers returning to work

Response to consultation also commits to giving the same protection to those taking adoption leave and to extending redundancy protection for those returning from shared parental leave

22 July, 2019

Government confirms it will legislate to limit misuse of confidentiality clauses in employment contracts

New legislation ‘will stamp out misuse, tackle unacceptable workplace cultures, protect individuals and create a level playing field’

22 July, 2019

More than a million workers do not get any paid leave, says TUC

New analysis also shows that more people are taking holiday pay claims to tribunal since fees were abolished

22 July, 2019

Government launches consultation on parental leave and pay

Proposals include new entitlement to neonatal leave and pay for every week a premature or sick baby is in hospital

19 July, 2019

Government launches consultation on addressing unfair flexible working practices

Proposals include new rights to have notice of working hours and compensation for cancellation of shifts

18 July, 2019

ACAS reports continuing high demand for its conciliation service since the removal of tribunal fees

Number of cases relating to an Employment Tribunal claim increased by 40 per cent over the last year

17 July, 2019

Employment (Minimum Hours) Bill receives first reading in the House of Commons

Bill requires employers to offer workers on zero hours contracts the option of guaranteed minimum hours

17 July, 2019

Flexible Working Bill receives first reading in the House of Commons

Bill requires employers to offer flexible working in employment contracts and to advertise vacancies as suitable for flexible working unless certain conditions are met

17 July, 2019

Government launches consultation on establishing a single enforcement body for employment rights

Proposed powers of new body include enforcement of minimum wage and holiday payments

11 July, 2019

Government launches consultation on strengthening Equality Act protections against third party harassment at work

Evidence sought on whether current laws on protecting people from sexual harassment in the workplace are effective

9 July, 2019

20 per cent of self-employed sole traders don’t survive one year, and 60 per cent don’t survive five

New IFS research finds that most self-employed businesses fail quickly and very few go on to make significant investments or employ others

28 June, 2019

Gig economy workforce has doubled since 2016, says TUC

Results of survey also include that nearly two-thirds of people undertaking 'platform work' are aged between 16 and 34

19 June, 2019

No workplace discrimination cases received legal aid funding between 2013/2014 and 2017/2018

EHRC highlights that discrimination claims may seek resolutions other than damages and calls for changes to guidance on how funding is granted

17 June, 2019

Bill to extend entitlement to parental leave receives first reading in the Commons

Parents of babies born prematurely or requiring neonatal care would be covered under proposed reforms

13 June, 2019

Number of Employment Tribunal claims increases for third consecutive quarter

Ministry of Justice says increase is most likely due to continued effect of abolition of fees on 26 July 2017

12 June, 2019

Living Hours Campaign launched to tackle widespread insecurity over working hours

Living Wage Foundation calls for the right to a contract with living hours and four weeks notice of shifts

11 June, 2019

MPs condemn use of non-disclosure agreements to cover up allegations of unlawful discrimination

Noting that some organisations now routinely settle employment disputes without the use of NDAs, Committee puts forward recommendations to ensure more follow suit