Workers rights

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.

Technology is “dehumanising” the retail sector

Researchers from the Institute for the Future of Work called for a new model of working amid concerns that managers are being replaced by technology

Labour proposes Ministry for Employment Rights

Labour announced a number of proposals to reform workers' rights at the TUC Congress, including banning zero-hours contracts and increasing the power of trade unions

MPs promised vote on post-Brexit workers' rights changes

Parliament will be given a say after Brexit on adopting future EU rules on workers' rights, the prime minister will announce today

One million public sector staff earn less than the living wage

Ahead of worker rights-related Brexit amendments next week, research reveals many public sector workers are at risk of in-work poverty

Hermes to offer drivers 'self-employed-plus' status

?Courier company Hermes is to offer drivers guaranteed minimum wages and holiday pay in the first UK deal to provide trade union recognition for gig economy workers

Asda equal pay victory has "widespread repercussions" for HR

As Asda workers win a landmark case over equal pay, legal experts warn HR to prepare for wider pay reporting obligations

May considering workers' rights demands to win Brexit deal support

?The government is considering giving extra protections to workers to win support for its EU withdrawal agreement

The 12 months of 2018: August

It's been an eventful year for HR-related issues hitting the headlines. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings

Workers' rights get "largest upgrade in a generation"

The government announced plans to give greater protections to gig economy workers today

Deliveroo riders lose collective bargaining legal appeal

Deliveroo riders are not entitled to collective bargaining under the European Convention on Human Rights, the High Court has ruled

Hiring managers asking off-limit interview questions

?As many as 85% of interviewers have admitted to asking discriminatory questions during the recruitment process, including about age and plans to have children