Partial return to schools in Wales

22 February 2021

Children aged between three and seven return to face-to-face teaching in Wales from Monday 22 February, mirroring similar provisions also being seen in Scotland.

DHSC reports good news from NHS Test and Trace

22 February 2021

According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS Test and Trace has maintained its strong start to the year, reaching more than 270,000 people in the latest reporting week with over 2.9 million people tested.

Supreme Court confirms that Uber drivers are workers

19 February 2021

We reported in May 2020 that the Supreme Court would consider Uber’s appeal against previous rulings that its drivers they should be classed as “workers” (see Supreme Court is due to rule in gig economy case). With full details available at, the Court has now ruled in favour of the drivers and unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal.

Union warns against fire and rehire tactics

18 February 2021

According to a new survey carried out by the TUC, almost 10% of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs during the pandemic on worse terms and conditions or face the sack.

Some children set for return to school in Scotland

17 February 2021

Emphasising that the situation in Scotland is still very fragile, with infection rates having only just returned to the levels being recorded in early December, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the way ahead involves trade-offs.

Many more people being asked to shield in England

17 February 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) have issued revised guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

Restriction on public sector exit payments lifted

15 February 2021

In October 2020 we reported on the publication of the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 which set a limit of £95,000 on the total pre-tax aggregate value of exit payments made to most types of public sector employees (see Cap on public sector exit payments coming into forcepo-document-id_71178).

Police Scotland praised for action on flexible working

15 February 2021

Police Scotland’s work to prevent sex discrimination against female officers who request flexible working arrangements has been welcomed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland.

Biggest shake-up of UK pensions for decades

15 February 2021

When the Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent on 11 February, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hailed the new Act as a landmark moment for UK pensions.