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. Labour market reform

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

  3. Employment

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

  4. Welfare reform

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

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. 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

  4. 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

  5. How to get ethnic minority employment data

    Guidance for local government and employers who need data on ethnic minority employment to set targets and monitor improvement in local areas. Read more