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2 September, 2020 Open access

New ‘Kickstart’ scheme launched to provide six month work placements to young people on universal credit

Government will pay 100 percent of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week which can be topped up by employer

24 August, 2020

20 August, 2020

Almost 300,000 claims made to Self-Employment Income Support Scheme on day it reopened for the second tranche of applications

New HMRC statistics highlight that the value of claims on 17 August 2020 was in excess of £750 million

20 August, 2020

18 August, 2020

More than half of employers support the government’s policy of increasing the national living wage to two-thirds of median income

However, new research highlights concerns among employers with higher levels of low pay and in sectors hardest hit by COVID-19

17 August, 2020 Open access

Extension of SEISS to include some self-employed people whose 2018/2019 income was affected by pregnancy or parental responsibilities

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group issues new guidance as Self-Employment Income Support Scheme reopens for applications

17 August, 2020 Open access

IPPR calls for a ‘Coronavirus Work Sharing Scheme’ to replace the CJRS, warning that three million jobs could be at risk wthout continued government support beyond October 2020

Action needed to preserve viable jobs in the short-term, particularly in the event of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic or further local lockdowns

14 August, 2020 Open access

Calculation of termination payments under employment rights legislation for employees who have been furloughed in Northern Ireland

New statutory rule provides for normal wage to be used in calculations in cases where an employee has received reduced wages while on furlough

12 August, 2020 Open access

Decent work should be at heart of the UK’s recovery from coronavirus, says TUC

New report calls for government to use Employment Bill to end zero-hours contracts and introduce penalties for employers who mislead people about their employment status

12 August, 2020 Open access

Government must take action to help older workers back to work after COVID-19, says Learning and Work Institute

New report warns of a surge in long term unemployment without targeted support aimed specifically at the over-50s

11 August, 2020 Open access

Total value of claims made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme now stands at more than £34 billion

New HMRC figures also highlight that 9.6m jobs have been furloughed over the period to 9 August 2020

11 August, 2020 Open access

TUC calls for government to extend job retention scheme as today’s labour market figures show 730,000 fewer employees in paid employment

General Secretary also warns that ‘the alarm bells couldn’t be ringing any louder’, urging Ministers to 'act now to protect and create jobs'.

6 August, 2020 Open access

Without urgent action, the current wave of redundancies is likely to increase the inequality faced by parents, carers and disabled people, Citizens Advice warns

New report on employment rights during the coronavirus outbreak finds that people with a disability, and carers of children, are at least twice as likely to face redundancy compared to other workers

5 August, 2020 Open access

People in the deepest level of poverty have experienced the largest negative employment impacts during the coronavirus pandemic

Social Metrics Commission warns that, as a result, both the incidence and severity of poverty could increase

5 August, 2020 Open access

Acas issues new advice to employers to help mitigate redundancies, following record increase in calls to its helpline in June and July 2020

In addition, the Service warns that economic impact of coronavirus, and fears around the furlough scheme ending, has left employers and staff concerned about their future livelihoods

4 August, 2020 Open access

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has paid out almost £34 billion since its launch in April 2020

New HMRC statistics also show that more than £2 billion spent on scheme in last week alone

3 August, 2020

Coalition of more than 200 organisations, unions, and businesses call for asylum seekers to be given a right to work after six months

New report also calls for an end to the narrow list of highly skilled professions that asylum seekers are limited to work in

30 July, 2020 Open access

30 July, 2020

Return of claims in volume after abolition of employment tribunal fees is contributing to ‘less than satisfactory performance’

Employment Tribunals President also highlights replacement of dated software, telephone issues and judicial and administrative recruitment as additional factors affecting performance