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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.