Adjustments to right to work checks extended to 21 June
On 12 May 2021 the Government guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks was updated to confirm that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted measures will continue until 21 June 2021, not 17 May 2021 as previously announced by the Home Office and referred to in the last update.
The new date aligns with the planned date for bringing in step four of the government's roadmap out of lockdown and allows employers to continue with digital right to work checks while social distancing is still in place.
The guidance for various sections has been updated to reflect the further opening up of business on 17 May 2021. Employers will need to take into account the changes to their particular workplaces in order to ensure compliance as employees and customers return.
New guidance issued on 17 May 2021. Following the reopening of a number of businesses a new guidance note has been published.
On 11 May 2021, ACAS published a report addressing the impact of workplace conflict on individuals and employers and the estimated costs.
On 9 May 2021 the Guardian reported that a poll conducted for the GMB union has found that 76% of the UK public think that "fire and rehire" tactics should be banned, with 67% suggesting they would avoid buying goods or services from companies that used the controversial tactics. On 17 May it was reported that Labour and the TUC were calling for action to prohibit the practice.
In a statement made during a Commons debate on 27 April 2021, the government confirmed that it was still considering its response to a report on ' "fire and re-hire" published by ACAS.