The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner raises concerns over labour exploitation risk for migrant workers in the agricultural sector
Dame Sara Thornton has responded to the joint Home Office and Defra evaluation and review of the Seasonal Workers Pilot for 2019 which identified a number of issues for migrant workers on the Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme.
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday
The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will create a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone. But are you required to give workers additional holiday? It depends on your worker's contract - read on for more information.
Fear of Coronavirus ‘not a protected belief’
A tribunal has ruled that a woman who stopped attending her workplace because she was scared of catching coronavirus was not discriminated against when her employer subsequently stopped paying her.
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.