employment law

Zeroing in: balancing protection and flexibility in the reform of zero-hour contracts

Given the value placed on zero-hour contracts by some employers and workers, and the incomplete picture of their scale, an outright ban seems inappropriate at this time. But maintaining the status quo would overlook the poor use of these arrangements in a considerable minority of cases.

Should adult benefit for unemployment now be raised?

With unemployment rising steadily for the first time since the early 1990s, the adequacy of JSA (the social security benefit paid to people who are unemployed and looking for work) is a matter of acute importance. Taking account of inflation, its value has not changed in thirty years.

Pathways to work from incapacity benefits: a study of referral practices and liaison between Jobcentre Plus advisers and service providers

This report presents findings from a qualitative research project carried out as part of a wider evaluation of Jobcentre Plus Pathways to Work. The study was conducted in 2007 and 2008 to explore referral practices and liaison amongst Jobcentre Plus staff and service providers involved in helping incapacity benefits recipients move towards, and into, paid employment. The study was led by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York in collaboration with the Policy Studies Institute and the National Centre for Social Research.

Passive smoking in the workplace

Leaflet highlighting the dangers of second-hand smoke to health and raising awareness of the usefulness of smoking policies in the workplace and the legal responsibilities of employers in this regard.

Guidance on the employment of children

Guidance document setting out the main provisions of the law on child employment. It is aimed mainly at local authorities, employers and parents to increase understanding and effective operation of the law. It includes best practice advice to help those implementing the law deal with the sorts of questions they regularly face.

You're hired! : encouraging the employment of ex-offenders (Research note)

Paper highlighting the difficulties and barriers faced by ex-offenders when seeking employment and documenting the social and economic consequences of this situation, both for the offender and wider society. To help remove these barriers it argues for measures such as a network for employers to share their experiences of employing ex-offenders.

Simple guide : alcohol and drugs in the workplace

Booklet providing information and advice for employers on drawing up alcohol and drugs policies for their organisations to help alleviate problems such as employee absenteeism and lost productivity.

Positively employed : an employer's guide to HIV and other blood borne viruses (BBVs)

Leaflet offering employers basic guidance on simple, inexpensive steps which can be taken to address HIV and other BBVs as well as a concise explanation of legal responsibilities.

Sweet 16? The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland

This report by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People examines the law, policy and practice on the age of leaving care for young people in Scotland, and includes a number of specific recommendations that aim to encourage strong action to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care.

What is the law on the employment of children and young people?

Factsheet that briefly outlines the legal aspects of children and young people up to age 18 in various types of employment in England and Wales, including apprenticeships, work-related learning and work experience placements.