Employers must immediately review their homeworking practices in light of both the new national lockdown and continually changing government advice. In the longer term, this will also mean reviewing homeworking policies and arrangements on a more formal basis. These FAQs summarise the government guidance on work under the current lockdown and a range of other considerations that employers must take into account in relation to homeworking.
The government is committed to boosting productivity by increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. To this end, it aims to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and introduce new apprenticeship standards. Employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million will pay an annual levy of 0.5% to help to fund the initiative.
The controversial Trade Union Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. The business secretary, Sajid Javid, has proposed reforms which have been called "the biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years". If passed, they will be the most radical changes to the law on strikes and picketing since the 1980s.