Future of the Agricultural Wages Order – Wales
The 2021 Agricultural Wages Order for Wales, as consulted on in September 2020 and November 2021 is still under consideration by Welsh Ministers. In the interim the current Agriculture Wages Order 2020 will remain in place until a new Order is introduced.
Prime Minister announces easing of Covid-19 Plan B restrictions
On 19 January, the Prime Minister confirmed that Plan B measures in England will expire on 26 January and we will return to Plan A measures in our national response to the Omicron Covid-19 variant:
Cumbria shed investigation: Man pleads guilty to slavery and trafficking offences
A man has admitted exploiting a vulnerable worker who lived in a six-foot shed on a caravan park for 40 years.
Labour Market Overview – January 2022
Estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK.
Health and Care Visa Scheme Expanded
Care workers, care assistants and home care workers will be eligible for a Health and Care Visa for 12 month period from early this year. The Visa offers 50% visa fee reduction, an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge and a speedier decision following application.
Self-isolation reduced to 5 days after negative LFT’s
From Monday, 17 January, people with COVID-19 in England can end their self-isolation after five full days, as long as they test negative on day 5 and day 6.
Pre-departure testing removed for vaccinated travellers
A lateral flow test can be used instead of PCR tests for eligible fully vaccinated travellers and over 5s to take on or before day 2 Eligible fully vaccinated travellers and under 18s will no longer have to take a pre-departure test or self-isolate on arrival in England – returning to the travel rules that were in place before Omicron