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Chancellor announces measures for employees affected by Coronavirus

This afternoon the Chancellor announced that the Government is going to cover up to 80% of the current wage level of an employee who is designated as a “furloughed” worker, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, provided they are kept on the employer’s payroll. There will be a ceiling of £2,500 a month on salaries to which this applies. Employers can still top up salaries above this level if they choose to.

Budget 2020: People and Organisation issues

The recently appointed Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his first Budget on behalf of the Government on 11 March 2020. The Budget announcements reflect a number of the pledges made in the Conservative Party’s 2019 Election Manifesto (Manifesto), but has also clearly been shaped by concerns regarding, and against the backdrop of, the COVID-19 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. A summary of the key Budget announcements for employers and employees is set out below.

Roundtable event: Government Consultation - Single Enforcement Agency under the Good Work Plan

The government recently published a number of different consultations under the banner of the Good Work Plan. This included a consultation on proposals to create a single organisation, responsible for enforcing employment and worker rights such as National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay, Agency Worker rights and potentially Sick Pay. Currently, a number of worker rights are governed by separate bodies, such as HMRC, and the enforcement regimes are not consistent.

Holiday Pay - Your Guide to the Proposed Changes

n its long awaited response to the Taylor report, the government announced on 18 December 2018 one of the most significant, varied and numerous workplace reforms seen in the UK in over 20 years. In amongst the 51 recommendations published, the government has made explicit references to changes in National Minimum Wage, Employment Status and Holiday Pay.

The Good Work Plan: an early Christmas present

As an early Christmas present to us all, the Government has today issued its Good Work Plan setting out how it intends to implement the reviews undertaken earlier this year following the Taylor report. At the same time, it has published its response to a 2018 report from the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Sir David Metcalf.

Breaking News: National Minimum Wage update

he latest list of National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches was published on Friday 6th July by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It includes nearly 240 employers with total arrears of £1.44m and record fines of £1.97m. The increase in these figures reflects HMRC’s investment in its NMW enforcement activity over the past 18 months.

Director of Labour Market Enforcement estimates 'Wage theft' of over £1.5 billion in the form of unpaid holiday pay

The Government’s response to the Taylor Review (The Good Work Plan) alongside Sir David Metcalf’s publication of his Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2018/19 and a number of recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions have all brought holiday pay right to the top of the agenda for employers across the UK over the last few months.