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1 December, 2023

29 November, 2023

Minimum service level regulations fail to allay MPs’ concerns that severe consequences of non-compliance on employees may amount to disproportionate interference with Article 11 ECHR rights

Human Rights Select Committee also says that consultations on the mediation processes for the new measures were not sufficient to address its concerns

29 November, 2023

24 November, 2023

Workforce Information (Ethnicity) Bill receives first reading

Introduced in the House of Lords, Private Members' Bill makes provision for certain employers to be required to publish information about differences in pay between people from prescribed ethnic backgrounds

23 November, 2023

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill receives its first reading

Introduced in the House of Lords, Private Members' Bill makes provision to provide safeguards for workers against dismissal and re-engagement on inferior terms and conditions

22 November, 2023

Government accepts Low Pay Commission’s recommendation to increase national living wage to £11.44 from 1 April 2024

Minister also advises that the age threshold for the NLW is to be lowered from 23 to 21 years

16 November, 2023

Government launches consultation on reintroducing strike-breaking agency worker laws

Views sought by Department for Business and Trade on amending current rules so that employment businesses are permitted to supply agency workers to cover strikes in any sector

16 November, 2023

Department for Business and Trade publishes guidance on issuing work notices that specify the workforce required to meet minimum service levels under the Strikes Act 2023

Non-statutory guidance for employers, trade unions and employees includes procedural advice and confirms that any employee specified in a work notice who takes strike action contrary to that notice will lose automatic protection from unfair dismissal

14 November, 2023

Government consults on draft regulations that ensure seafarers operating in UK waters receive pay equivalent to at least the national minimum wage

Views sought on draft regulations under Seafarers' Wages Act 2023 in first part of two-stage consultation process

10 November, 2023

Government lays draft regulations to reform retained EU employment law

Draft statutory instrument provides for reforms relating to record keeping requirements and holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations and consultation requirements under the TUPE Regulations

10 November, 2023

9 November, 2023

Transfer of power to the Lord Chancellor to determine by regulations the composition of employment tribunals

New statutory instrument also commences provisions that make amendments in relation to practice directions and responsibility for the remuneration of tribunal members

8 November, 2023

Anti-strike regulations laid this week ‘will punish workers for daring to stand up for decent pay and better services’

TUC also says that new regulations applying to passenger rail services, the ambulance service and border security are 'irrational' and 'unworkable'

8 November, 2023

Employment Tribunal Presidents issue joint Practice Direction on recording of tribunal hearings and the transcription of recordings

Guidance issued alongside Direction advises that HMCTS will make audio recordings of all hearings unless specified exceptions apply

6 November, 2023

Gender pay gap is higher in all English regions than in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

New statistics from the ONS also highlight that the gap remains larger for those aged over 40, and for higher earners

6 November, 2023

People seeking asylum would have the right to work in an independent Scotland

Setting out its proposals were it to have control over migration policy, Scottish Government adds that asylum seekers would also have the right to access public funds including social security

25 October, 2023

Acas launches consultation on draft Code of Practice for employers on handling workers’ requests for a predictable working pattern

Views sought ahead of Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 coming into force in Autumn 2024

24 October, 2023

Real Living Wage increases to £13.15 in London and to £12 across the rest of the UK

New rates are a lifeline for the 460,000 workers who will get a pay rise, says Living Wage Foundation Director