To boost the number of jobs and create a flexible labour market, the government is modernising employment law while protecting employee rights. To increase the number of people in employment, we need to support them into work through the benefits system and job search support.

Policies 4

  1. Helping employers make safer recruiting decisions

    How the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) provides criminal records checking and barring functions to help employers make safer recruitment decisions.

  2. Making the labour market more flexible, efficient and fair

    How the government is changing employment laws to encourage companies to hire staff while protecting employee rights.

  3. Simplifying the welfare system and making sure work pays

    Making the welfare system fairer, more affordable and better able to reduce poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency.

  4. Helping people to find and stay in work

    How the government is getting Britain working and helping people break the cycle of benefit dependency.


  1. The EU in a Digital Age

    • 26 February 2015
    • News article
  2. Press Statement

    • 26 February 2015
    • News article
  3. Half a million work experience and training opportunities snapped up

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release

See all announcements



  1. Calculating the minimum wage

    • 27 February 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Calculating the minimum wage

    • 27 February 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Government response to the Work Capability Assessment independent review year 5

    • 27 February 2015
    • Policy paper

See all publications


Detailed guides

  1. European Works Council Directive

    The European Work Council Directive establishes a European legal procedure for the establishment of European Works Councils (EWCs). Read more

  2. Civil Service secondments and loans: how to apply

    How a civil servant can apply for interchanges: a secondment in an external organisation or a placement in another government office (loan). Read more

  3. Disclosure and Barring Service: criminal record checks and referrals

    Which services are offered by DBS, including fees and guidance on applications, and how the referrals process works. Read more

  4. Apply for changes to the bargaining unit after recognition

    How to ask the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) to consider changes to a declaration of recognition. Read more

  5. Get help from the CAC after a voluntary agreement

    How trade unions and employers can get more help from the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) after a voluntary agreement has been reached. Read more