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.

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.

More areas to move into higher tiers on Boxing Day

23 December 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that more areas in the East and South East of England are to be placed under the toughest Tier 4 restrictions with effect from 00.01 on 26 December.

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).

Updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

22 December 2020

Following the Government’s decision to introduce new Tier 4 restrictions from 20 December (see GB Governments introduce tougher rules now and at Christmas), it has produced further guidance for the most vulnerable people in these areas.