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24 September, 2021

Government to introduce legislation making it illegal for employers to withhold tips from workers

Measures to be included in forthcoming Employment Bill include right to see employer's tipping records and to take claim to Employment Tribunal where rules not followed

23 September, 2021

Government confirms intention to introduce entitlement to unpaid leave as a day one right for employees with caring responsibilities

Consultation response sets out key details including how eligibility will be defined, how leave can be taken and what the leave can be used for

23 September, 2021

Government launches consultation on making the right to request flexible working a day one entitlement

Business Secretary says the new right will make flexible working 'part of the DNA of businesses across the country'

17 September, 2021

16 September, 2021

Devolved governments call for UK Government to offer physical proof of immigration status to vulnerable EU citizens

Joint letter to Borders and Immigration Minister says current digital-only proof risks discrimination, making it difficult for some EU citizens to prove their status to employers and other service providers

15 September, 2021

15 September, 2021

Non-Disclosure Agreements Bill read for the first time in the House of Commons

Bill makes it a basic principle of our legal system that 'no one, however powerful, could buy an employee’s silence if there were allegations of wrongdoing in the workplace’

14 September, 2021

Labour Government would ensure rights for all workers from their first day of work including holiday pay, protection against unfair dismissal and guaranteed sick pay

Party leader’s speech to TUC Congress 2021 also commits to ‘immediately increase the minimum wage to at least £10 per hour’

9 September, 2021 Open access

1.6 million people remained on furlough at 31 July 2021, new HMRC statistics show

With the CJRS due to close at the end of the month, new figures also show fifth consecutive monthly decrease, with number on furlough down by 340,000 compared to previous month

9 September, 2021 Open access

Government launches consultation on mandatory Covid-19 and flu vaccinations for frontline health and care staff in England

Announcement also confirms that adult social care workers will need to be double jabbed against Covid-19 as a condition of deployment in CQC-regulated care homes in England by 11 November 2021

8 September, 2021 Open access

While context around the government’s Covid-related employment programmes has moved on, the DWP has failed to adapt or change its plans, say MPs

In addition, Public Accounts Committee expresses concern at shortcomings in the Department's data on diversity and disadvantaged groups making it 'impossible to measure its effectiveness' or explain 'shocking inequality' in unemployment

17 August, 2021

Information Commissioner’s Office launches call for views on data protection and employment practices

Consultation will inform updated guidance on use of data in recruitment and selection, employment records, monitoring of workers, and information about workers’ health

12 August, 2021 Open access

TUC calls on government to establish a permanent short-time working scheme to help protect working people from future economic change

Union body recommends that new scheme should provide 80 per cent of workers’ wages, funded training, and full flexibility in working hours

30 July, 2021

TUC calls on government to ban use of umbrella companies to employ agency staff

'These scandalous workplace practices have no place in modern Britain', says General Secretary

29 July, 2021 Open access

Number of individuals on furlough drops below two million for first time since CJRS introduced

HMRC reports fourth consecutive monthly decrease after peaks of 8.9 million in May 2020 and 5.1 million in January 2021

28 July, 2021

Labour Party announces plan to give workers automatic right to flexible working

New policy includes duty on employers to accommodate flexible working, and right to flexibility around school runs and other family and caring responsibilities

27 July, 2021

Labour Party announces policy intention to create a single status of ‘worker’

Under new policy, all workers bar the genuinely self-employed would have full rights and protections from day one of employment

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