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26 January, 2021

Business Secretary reiterates that the government ‘will not reduce workers’ rights’

Responding to Commons motion, Kwasi Kwarteng says 'I do not want there to be any doubt about my or the government's intentions in this area'

25 January, 2021 Open access

Fewer than 2,000 young people have actually started new roles via the government’s Kickstart scheme, despite the ‘creation’ of 120,000 new jobs

In addition, with reports that the DWP has approved 'gateway' companies with little to no trading history or based outside of the UK, the government announces that it is closing applications for new gateways this week

25 January, 2021 Open access

Almost 1 in 10 workers have been ‘fired and rehired’ since start of the Covid crisis

New polling from the TUC reveals that the controversial practice of 'fire and re-hire' has become widespread during the Covid-19 pandemic as has the downgrading of workers' rights

22 January, 2021

Reports that the government is planning a bonfire of employment rights ‘could not be further from the truth’

Business Secretary says that the idea that the government is trying to whittle down standards is not at all plausible or true

21 January, 2021

Northern Ireland Government confirms intention to introduce parental bereavement leave and pay entitlement akin to that already in force in Great Britain

Minister for the Economy says she is confident that Executive and Assembly will support the progression of legislation with a ‘minimum of delay’

20 January, 2021 Open access

HMRC must urgently explain why some taxpayers have had no support during Covid-19 pandemic, say MPs

New Public Accounts Committee report finds that 'quirks in the tax system' have prevented significant number of struggling tax payers from receiving support they should be entitled to

19 January, 2021 Open access

Government confirms that it has no plans to change how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operates in relation to working parents

'It is not for the government to decide whether a firm should put its staff on furlough', says Conservative Whip

18 January, 2021 Open access

Inadequate sick pay and pressure from employers are driving millions to continue working with Covid symptoms

RSA calls on the government to address the 'terrible trade-off' many workers face between looking after their health and putting food on the table

15 January, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Economy Minister announces new £20 million scheme to support company directors affected by Covid-19 pandemic

New scheme will provide one-off taxable grants of £1,000 to eligible company directors whose projected taxable income for 2020/2021 is less than £50,000

14 January, 2021 Open access

Bill introduced in Parliament to address the gaps in the government’s financial support measures introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Shadow Minister highlights that millions of excluded citizens that reached out for help have found that that they have been 'left by the wayside'

14 January, 2021

Government announces plans to consult on steps that should be taken so that domestic abuse survivors can better exercise their existing employment rights

Business Minister also confirms that a working group of employers, representatives of domestic abuse victims and trade unions will be created to develop practical solutions to implement support in the workplace

14 January, 2021 Open access

Seven out of ten requests for furlough from working mothers have been turned down following latest school closures

TUC calls for government action to promote rights under existing furlough rules and a new legal right for parents and carers who face disrupted childcare to access the furlough scheme

8 January, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Economy Minister extends closing date of Covid-19 Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme and amends scheme to allow more people to qualify

Applications for scheme - which provides one-off taxable grant of £3,500 to eligible applicants - now open until 5 February 2021

5 January, 2021

UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal poses threat to employment rights which government must work to address, says TUC

Union calls on government to give guarantees that no existing employment rights will be changed or watered down, and to be prepared to match improvements in EU employment law

4 January, 2021 Open access

Households ‘teetering on the brink of financial ruin’ as coronavirus support cliff edges loom, says Shadow Chancellor

Labour Party urges Chancellor to fix Britain's broken safety net and tackle the root causes of income insecurity

4 January, 2021 Open access

TUC reminds employers they can furlough working parents with childcare difficulties during school closures

Union body also calls on government to give self-employed working parents automatic access to the SEISS

21 December, 2020 Open access

Almost three million people may have been excluded from the CJRS and SEISS, yet the government failed to evaluate the schemes or make any substantial changes before extending them

Select Committee also highlights that HMRC does not know the actual level of fraud and error in the schemes and has prioritised speed over transparency and ensuring value for money

21 December, 2020 Open access

Number of ‘employments’ furloughed stood at 2.4 million at 31 October 2020, a reduction of 73 per cent since the peak in May 2020

New HMRC statistics also show that, at 13 December 2020, a total of 1.7 million claims had been made for the third tranche of the SEISS

18 December, 2020 Open access

Insecure workers are three times more likely to have been made to work while ill during COVID-19

In light of new research findings, Citizens Advice says that government must fast-track its plans to create a one-stop shop for employment rights