• BIS has issued a call for evidence on recent proposals from the European Commission for a Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive. These proposals include improving enforcement mechanisms, introducing joint and several liability for contractors in the construction sector, and clarifying which situations class as a ‘posting’. Responses must be submitted by 26 July 2012.
  • BIS has also issued a call for evidence on apprenticeships as part of an independent review which will establish core principles and priorities for on-the-job vocational training. This comes after concerns were expressed in Parliament about the current cost, length and quality of apprenticeships. The closing date for responses is 7 September 2012.
  • Currently workers who earn up to £13,000 can claim working tax credits to top up their income if they lose pay due to taking part in industrial action. The Government has announced that under the new system of Universal Credit to be introduced in 2013, there will be no corresponding increase in benefit if workers’ income drops as a result of taking part in industrial action.