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24 February, 2021 Open access

Amendments to regulations setting out how a week’s pay is to be calculated for purposes of calculating statutory payments for furloughed workers

New statutory instrument makes amendments in consequence of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme being extended to 30 April 2021

23 February, 2021 Open access

EHRC announces that enforcement action against employers failing to report gender pay gap will start on 5 October 2021

Employers given extra six months to file pay gap data in response to ongoing effects of Covid-19 pandemic

19 February, 2021

Employment Bill amongst a number of pieces of legislation that need to be given ‘due priority’ in next Parliamentary Session

Government urged to deliver on its commitments to and demands from Select Committees on 'vitally important legislation'

18 February, 2021 Open access

Full CJRS needs to remain in place for several months after public health restrictions have been lifted, and then only phased out gradually

Resolution Foundation highlights that more than 20 per cent of workers who have been furloughed for at least six months of the Covid crisis either expect to lose their jobs in the next three months, or have been told that they will be made redundant

15 February, 2021 Open access

Government has provided ‘scant justification’ for not addressing ‘hard edges’ of coronavirus support schemes that have excluded key groups of working people

Treasury Committee's third report on economic impacts of coronavirus includes call to amend fourth tranche of SEISS to support newly self-employed who missed out on previous support

15 February, 2021 Open access

Northern Ireland Economy Minister announces changes to eligibility criteria for Covid-19 Newly Self-Employed Support Scheme

Conditions relaxed for meeting eligibility rule that 50 per cent of income must have come from self-employment

11 February, 2021

Organisations across employment rights sector call on Business Secretary to extend redundancy protection to pregnant women and new mothers

Letter to Kwasi Kwarteng from more than 20 support organisations and unions calls for existing Bill that proposes new legal protections to be expedited into law

10 February, 2021

Government speed in bringing forward its new maternity allowance Bill is in marked contrast to its failure to act on previous commitments to provide support and protection to pregnant women and new parents

Maternity Action also highlights how the measures in the Bill contrast with the 'ludicrously low' basic rate of both statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance

9 February, 2021

Government includes jobcentre work coaches in a count of the ‘number of people supported’ through its Plan for Jobs

More than 13,000 recent work coach recruits included in nearly two million 'Brits' being supported into work through 'innovative' schemes

9 February, 2021 Open access

Government’s Covid response continues to overlook ‘specific and well-understood labour market and caring inequalities faced by women’, MPs warn

Women and Equalities Committee urges government to ‘seize opportunity’ to stop repeated ‘skewing’ of its policies towards men as it implements recovery strategies

5 February, 2021 Open access

Government says that its claim that its new Kickstart scheme had ‘moved up a gear’ used an incorrect figure for the number of jobs created

Secretary of State issues letter of correction in respect of her answers in the Commons, and Work and Pensions Minister corrects series of written parliamentary answers

5 February, 2021 Open access

Shadow Chancellor calls on the government to immediately announce extension of furlough scheme beyond April 2021

Anneliese Dodds also calls for 'smart' reforms to the scheme, including tough conditions on employers to stop abuse and new training to support furloughed workers improve skills

29 January, 2021 Open access

Number of ‘employments’ furloughed under CJRS stood at 3.8 million at 31 December 2020

HMRC figures also show that total value of claims to scheme since it was introduced in March 2020 exceeds £49 billion

29 January, 2021 Open access

Chancellor urged to extend furlough and self-employment support schemes beyond April 2021

Northern Ireland Economy Minister says schemes are essential and must remain in place until there are clear signs of economic recovery

28 January, 2021 Open access

Fewer than 10,000 Kickstart job placements have been made available for Jobcentre Plus work coaches to refer eligible young people to

DWP Minister advises that remainder of the more than 123,000 placements approved for funding will become available to jobcentres once employers provide job details and start dates

27 January, 2021 Open access

TUC calls on government to urgently extend Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to safeguard jobs

Highlighting correlation between peaks in unemployment and previously scheduled endings of the scheme, union warns of risk to jobs in failing to guarantee continuation of support 'until the eleventh hour'

27 January, 2021 Open access

1.5 million people who are currently excluded from claiming SEISS could easily be supported by government at modest cost, says IFS

New briefing finds that extending SEISS to those with less than 50 per cent of income from self-employment, and some of those with incomes of more than £50,000, would cost just 5 per cent of current spending on scheme

26 January, 2021 Open access

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

Direction sets out the scheme applying for the period beginning on 1 February 2021 and ending on 30 April 2021

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'