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2 January, 2020

National Living Wage to increase by 6.2 per cent in April 2020

New rate for workers aged 25 and over will be £8.72 per hour

20 December, 2019

Government removes protections for workers’ rights from EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Change means that rights that currently form part of EU law would not be protected once the transition or implementation period has ended

19 December, 2019

Queen’s Speech introduces new Employment Bill to ‘enhance workers’ rights and support flexible working’

Bill includes provision to introduce new right for workers to request a more predictable contract and to make flexible working the default position

13 December, 2019

Almost £18 million has been paid in refunded Employment Tribunal fees since October 2017

MoJ reports that 22,000 refund payments have been made up to the end of September 2019

5 December, 2019

2 December, 2019

Disabled people on average earn 12.2 per cent less than non-disabled people, says ONS

New statistics also show that disabled employees with a mental impairment have the largest pay gap at 18.6 per cent

27 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Scottish National Party 2019 election manifesto

Key pledges include extension of maternity leave period and increase in maternity and paternity pay

25 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2019

Party outlines package of measures that it says will ensure that ‘it always pays to work’

22 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Plaid Cymru 2019 election manifesto

Party promises to extend redundancy protection period for new mothers returning to work to six months

21 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Labour Party 2019 election manifesto

Key pledges include to bring in a Real Living Wage of at least £10 and establishing a Ministry for Employment Rights

20 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Liberal Democrat Party 2019 election manifesto

Party promises to modernise employment rights to make them ‘fit for the age of the gig economy’

19 November, 2019

Employment commitments in the Green Party 2019 election manifesto

Party promises to close the gender pay gap and increase Living Wage to £12 per hour

8 November, 2019

Welsh Government consults on proposals to ensure workers are treated and rewarded fairly in the workplace

Social Partnership Bill would place duty on public bodies to promote fair work and involve trade unions in delivery of policies to promote best working practices

4 November, 2019

More ambitious National Living Wage increases recommended in independent report for government

Review of evidence on minimum wage policies concludes that increases could reach up to two thirds of median wage rate

4 November, 2019

Disability pay gap increases to 15.5 per cent, equating to more than £3,000 less a year for disabled workers

TUC research also finds that disabled women continue to face the most significant pay gaps of all

30 October, 2019

Effect of abolition of employment tribunal fees is having ‘inevitable impact’ on tribunal performance

However, Employment Tribunal President also highlights there have been few historic or legacy claims brought out of time in reliance on argument claimant was deterred or affected by fees

29 October, 2019

Government must act urgently to tackle use of NDAs in covering up cases of discrimination and harassment at work

Select Committee highlights that, while government has agreed to consider a number of its proposals, no timetable has been set

18 October, 2019

Acas launches new guidance to help employers manage impact of menopause at work

Recommendations include implementing a menopause policy and providing awareness training for managers

17 October, 2019

Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘calls time’ on unlawful confidentiality agreements

New guidance for employers sets out good practice for the use of NDAs, and when they would be unlawful