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11 June, 2020 Open access

Charity takes first step towards legal action against discriminatory nature of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Pre-action protocol letter sent to the Chancellor argues that scheme has a disproportionately negative impact on vulnerable new mothers

11 June, 2020

Employment Tribunal receipts, disposals and caseload outstanding continue to exceed levels seen in previous year

New MoJ statistics also show that number of cases outstanding has almost reached the peak seen in 2009, while cases are taking an average of 5 weeks longer to be disposed of

10 June, 2020 Open access

Government announces that parents returning to work after extended leave will be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Change will apply to people on statutory maternity and paternity leave, and to those on adoption leave, shared parental leave, and parental bereavement leave.

10 June, 2020 Open access

Almost £20bn of claims have been made in respect of furloughed workers ahead of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closing to new applicants

New 'management information' also highlights that more than 2.5m claims have been made to the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

10 June, 2020

Government launches review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse

Views sought on availability of current rights, such as flexible working and unplanned leave, and on how employers can help tackle economic abuse of survivors

8 June, 2020

3 June, 2020 Open access

Lower-paid workers need a post-pandemic settlement based on ‘more respect, higher pay, and better conditions at work’, says Resolution Foundation

New report includes calls for improved enforcement of labour market rules and greater control over working hours and pay intervals

1 June, 2020 Open access

Government launches consultation on HMRC powers to recover payments made under the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employment Income Support schemes

Proposed new legislation will also provide HMRC with powers to charge a penalty where it can demonstrate deliberate non-compliance on the part of the recipient

27 May, 2020

Gender employment gap in Scotland fell by almost 2 per cent between 2009 and 2019

New statistics also show that disability employment gap for 2019 fell by almost 3 per cent from previous year

22 May, 2020

Northern Ireland Executive announces proposals for parental bereavement leave and pay

Workers who suffer the loss of a child will have a statutory entitlement to two weeks’ leave and, in most cases, a statutory payment, says Minister

18 May, 2020 Open access

Lowest-paid employees are ‘bearing the brunt’ of coronavirus economic crisis, with almost a third having either been furloughed or lost jobs

New Resolution Foundation report on impacts of coronavirus on the labour market also finds nearly half of self-employed workers are not intending to take up government support scheme

15 May, 2020 Open access

Third of UK workforce are in ‘key worker’ occupations for purposes of accessing childcare during coronavirus lockdown

New ONS analysis also shows that 15 per cent of 'key workers' are at moderate risk from coronavirus because of health condition

13 May, 2020

12 May, 2020 Open access

TUC issues advice to employees on whether they have right to refuse to work because of safety concerns related to coronavirus

New information published in response to Prime Minister's announcement that workers who can’t work from home, and who don’t work in industries that are closed down, should return to work

11 May, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme should be extended for three months, with further extensions conditional on minimum pay and job quality standards, says think tank

New report urges government to ‘strike a balance’ between protecting workers and their incomes, supporting compliance with social distancing restrictions, and protecting viable businesses and the economy

7 May, 2020

Minimum wage underpayments affected more than 400,000 people in 2018/2019, says Low Pay Commission

Government has made progress in recent years, but more can still be done to protect the most vulnerable, says Commision chair

6 May, 2020 Open access

Government should introduce a separate Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for charities, say MPs

Select Committee says that is has heard evidence that undermines assurances given by the Secretary of State that charities can access many of the measures for businesses announced by the Chancellor

5 May, 2020 Open access

Employment Tribunal Presidents issue joint Practice Direction on documents that are electronically delivered and signed

New guidance confirms that documents delivered electronically will comply with Rules of Procedure if they bear a facsimile of judge’s signature or their typed name

5 May, 2020 Open access

Equality and Human Rights Commission warns employers of their continuing obligations to comply with equalities legislation during COVID-19 crisis

New guidance acknowledges that employers may need to make difficult decisions on ways of working during crisis, but this must not result in ‘rowing back’ on people’s rights