Outdated Covid-secure rules could put workers at risk

6 January 2021

Essential workers and those who cannot work from home could be at risk from workplace safety rules that have not been updated since March 2020 and which do not take account of new Covid-19 strains or new scientific knowledge about how the virus is spread.

Top CEOs have already earned the average annual wage

6 January 2021

Bosses of some leading British companies will have made more money by teatime on 6 January than their average worker earns in an entire year, analysis of CEO pay disclosures in companies’ annual reports reveals.

New lockdown announced for England

5 January 2021

The Prime Minister announced a further national lockdown in England on 4 January 2021 with people told to stay at home, except for specific reasons including essential shopping, to work (if it is not reasonable for their job to be done at home), to exercise, to seek medical help or to escape domestic abuse.

New lockdown grants to support businesses

5 January 2021

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off top-up grant worth up to £9000 to help them through to the Spring, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

Employers named and shamed for minimum wage failures

4 January 2021

Tesco, Pizza Hut and Superdrug are among more than 130 companies fined and shamed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

Scotland underlines stay-at-home rules

4 January 2021

On 4 January 2021, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon decided that the situation with regard to increased rates of coronavirus infection warranted the recall of the Scottish Government from its Christmas recess.

Tier changes for the New Year

30 December 2020

Addressing the House of Commons about changes to the tier system in England, Health and Secretary Matt Hancock began by announcing the UK's approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Bleak jobs outlook for young people in 2021

23 December 2020

Fewer than half (46%) of employers plan to hire a young person (aged between 16 and 24) in the next year despite new Government incentives to do so, according to a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Government department held to account over workplace diversity

23 December 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has entered a legally binding agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after a former DWP employee won her claim of direct discrimination on the basis of age and race, racial harassment and victimisation.