Workers' rights

Millions of UK employees trapped in low paid and insecure work

The Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has found 12% of the UK population, around 3.7 million people, are in low paid and insecure work.

UK government must protect vulnerable workers from digital revolution

MPs have urged government to be more proactive in planning for the future of work in a new Work and Pensions report.

Does your workplace need the right to disconnect?

One of the most common consequences of homeworking brought on by the pandemic has been the difficulty many are facing with creating a clear distinction between work and home life, which risks leading...

Government launches workers’ rights watchdog

The UK government has set up a new body to tackle modern slavery, enforce minimum wage legislation and protect agency workers.

Can EU nationals continue frontier working post-Brexit?

As the dust from Brexit has settled, attention has turned to what this means for cross-border workers in the UK.

Government must take action to protect workers’ rights, says TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the government to stop dithering and deliver on its manifesto promise to boost workers’ rights.

What a good relationship between HR and unions looks like

The relationship between unions and the internal HR team can be tense - so how can you make sure it works in employee's best interests? David Liddle offers some tips.

Uber drivers are now employees – but is it a victory for workers’ rights?

The Supreme Court decision that Uber drivers in the UK will now be entitled to the national minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks has been hailed as a win for workers’ rights, but it won’t all be...

Features

Are we turning back the clock on workers’ rights in the UK?

Brexit, the pandemic, opportunistic employers and an, at best, lackadaisical government are all contributing to an erosion of employee rights which must be tackled.

The gap to a real Living Wage remains five years on

Five is an exciting age. At five you’re through your early development years, and as you head off to school those who brought you into the world have their sights set on what your future holds.

How shared parental leave is failing women

Women’s stereotypical role as primary caregivers has been exacerbated by the pandemic, with new home-schooling responsibilities being reported as having fallen predominantly on women. Shared parental...

Restaurant chain Tomahawk Steakhouse “abusing” furlough scheme

A misuse of the furlough scheme by restaurant chain Tomahawk Steakhouse has angered workers unions and highlighted the importance of HR involvement when caring for staff.