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.

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. National minimum wage: work experience and internships

    Guidance on the national minimum wage for organisations who offer work experience, including placements and internships. Read more

  3. Criminal record checks: guidance for employers

    How employers or organisations can request criminal records checks on potential employees from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Read more

  4. Employee shareholders

    Guidance you should consider when considering the employee shareholder employment status. Read more

  5. 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

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