Just and fair conditions at work – Government action

Government action

UK Government actions

  • In May 2020, the UK Government published guidance for employers in different sectors on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In March 2020, the UK Government and the Commission jointly agreed to suspend mandatory gender pay gap reporting for the 2019/20 reporting period to allow employers to focus on supporting their employees during the pandemic.
  • In July 2019, the UK Government launched a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace, in which it committed to the introduction of a statutory code of practice on sexual harassment in the consultation paper.
  • In January 2020, the UK Government launched a survey to understand experiences of sexual harassment at work.
  • In 2019, the UK Government consulted on several proposals under the Good Work Plan, including introducing ethnicity pay reporting, one-sided flexibility, the setting up of a Single Enforcement Body, and proposals to support families.
  • In 2019, the UK Government published its Gender Equality at Every Stage roadmap, to address gender inequality in the workplace.
  • In 2019, the UK Government consulted on pregnancy and maternity discrimination, and extending redundancy protection for women and new parents. The UK Government’s response committed to extend the redundancy protection period for six months when the new parent has returned to work.
  • In 2018, the UK Government published the Good Work Plan, outlining how it would implement the recommendations of a 2017 Review of Modern Working Practices.
  • In April 2017 the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force, requiring private and voluntary sector employers in England, Scotland and Wales with more than 250 employees to publish information about their gender pay gap.

Read our assessment of the UK Government’s progress on just and fair conditions at work.

Welsh Government actions

Employment is generally an area reserved to the UK Government but the Welsh Government has some limited powers.

  • In September 2020, the Welsh Government created the Social Care Forum, bringing together representatives of trade unions, employers and the Welsh Government to influence national priorities and fair work in the social care sector.
  • In May 2020, the Welsh Government produced guidance for employers to Keep Wales safe at work, and introduced a COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool to check whether staff are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • In 2019, the Welsh Government published a consultation on proposals for a Social Partnership (Wales) Bill, which would place a duty on public bodies to work in social partnership and promote fair work goals.
  • In 2018, the First Minister established the Fair Work Commission to develop and agree a fair work definition and make recommendations – its Fair Work Walesreport was published in March 2019. The Welsh Government accepted the six priority recommendations of the report, and the remaining 42 recommendations were accepted in principle.
  • In 2018, the Welsh Government introduced an Economic Contract as part of its Economic Action Plan, under which businesses seeking investment must demonstrate their commitment to a range of responsible business practices, including fair work.
  • In July 2018, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee (ELGC) published a report on pregnancy, maternity and work. The Welsh Government’s response committed to taking forward all but one of the Committee’s recommendations.

Read our assessment of the Welsh Government’s progress on just and fair conditions at work.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020