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12 March, 2020

Employment Tribunal receipts, disposals and outstanding caseload have all increased by a fifth or more compared to same period in previous year

MoJ says increase in receipts is most likely due to the continued effect of the abolition of ET fees on 26 July 2017

11 March, 2020

Government confirms plans for new entitlement to neonatal leave and pay, and to consult on a new ‘in-work entitlement’ for employees with unpaid caring responsibilities

Budget 2020 also confirms that government is to consider how to provide 'appropriate support' to self-employed parents as part of its wider review of parental pay and leave

10 March, 2020

5 March, 2020

Judge Barry Clarke appointed President of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales

Lord Chancellor's appointment will be effective from 11 May 2020

4 March, 2020

19 February, 2020 Open access

Acas publishes new guidance on handling coronavirus at work

Advice includes how to deal with staff in quarantine, as well as those who do not want to come into work due to fears over catching the virus

19 February, 2020

More than 1,000 penalties issued as part of Minimum Wage enforcement during 2018/2019

Update from government also highlights its 'Promote, Prevent and Respond' strategy to promote compliance

11 February, 2020

Government increases arrears threshold for naming employers who break national minimum wage rules from £100 to £500

Review of Naming Scheme also provides for rule changes and increased support to help employers comply with NMW legislation

10 February, 2020

Acas launches new guidance on non-disclosure agreements

Advice includes that whistleblowing and reporting of discrimination and harassment cannot be stopped by such agreements  

10 February, 2020

TUC calls for new legal duty on employers to actively prevent sexual harassment at work

Measures could require employers to carry out mandatory training for all staff and managers and to have clear policies in place

7 February, 2020

Four new employment-related private members Bills receive first reading in the House of Commons

Bills include proposals in relation to asylum seekers' rights to work, protection of whistleblowers, and limiting periods of unpaid work experience

4 February, 2020

Workforce Information Bill receives first reading in the Lords

Bill proposes requirement for employers to publish information about the differences in pay between employees with different protected characteristics under the Equality Act

31 January, 2020

Case concerning diplomatic immunity granted first ever leapfrog certificate from EAT to Supreme Court

Court to consider whether diplomat's employment of worker who alleged trafficking and exploitation fell within 'commercial activity' exception in Vienna Convention

29 January, 2020

Gig economy workers highlight problems with financial security, dignity and hopes for future training or career progression

New research by tech thinktank also recommends action from government and gig economy companies to develop a minimum wage and bring transparency to costs for workers and customers

29 January, 2020

Office of the Whistleblower Bill receives its first reading in the Lords

Bill makes provision for an Office of the Whistleblower to administer arrangements to facilitate whistleblowing

29 January, 2020

Equal Pay Bill receives its first reading in the Lords

Bill includes provision requiring certain employers to publish information about the differences in pay between male and female employees and between employees of different ethnic origins

24 January, 2020

Introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay

New statutory instrument brings into force regulation making powers in Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

24 January, 2020

23 January, 2020

Introduction of two weeks’ paid bereavement leave following the loss of a child

Government announces that new parental bereavement leave and pay regulations will take effect from April 2020