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17 February, 2020

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

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

10 February, 2020

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

4 February, 2020

3 February, 2020

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

27 January, 2020

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

20 January, 2020