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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
Published Friday, December 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06591
This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02796
A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, November 2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8177
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Youth employment
Published Monday, December 4, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0248
On 6 December 2017 there will be a General Debate in Westminster Hall on youth employment. This debate is sponsored by Gillian Keegan MP.
General Debate on Deafness and Hearing Loss
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0236
On 30 November 2017 there will be a General Debate in Westminster Hall on Deafness and Hearing Loss. This debate is sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP.
Defence employment (UK): Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02621
An overview of the strength of the UK Armed Forces.
Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02615
Police numbers in England & Wales: Social Indicators page

Topics: Employment, Police

The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06898
A briefing paper on National Minimum Wage rates and enforcement; part of a wider series on the National Minimum Wage.
Employment tribunal fees
Published Friday, November 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07081
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013, and declared unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017.

Topics: Courts, Employment

Carers
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7756
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the number of carers in the UK and the issues they face. It also explains the rights, benefits and support available to carers as well as previous Government policy on caring.
Employment by Country of Birth and Nationality
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07056
This Commons Library briefing paper analyses data on employment in the UK by country of birth and nationality. The briefing compares data from 1997 to 2017 and explains how figures for employment by nationality can differ to those for employment by country of birth.

Topic: Employment

Gig Economy: Introduction
Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0086
This House of Lords Library briefing provides overall information on the demographics and earnings of those participating in the gig economy, on gig economy working practices in each sector, and on the potential effects to be seen in the wider economy.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, October 2017
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8138
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Productivity: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02791
Latest statistics showing changes in UK productivity and comparisons of UK productivity with other G7 countries.
Employment status
Published Friday, November 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8045
This briefing provides an overview of the concept of employment status and recent reviews of the law in this area.

Topic: Employment

Public sector employment by parliamentary constituency
Published Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05635
This note analyses public sector employment by Parliamentary constituency.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
Civil Service Compensation Scheme
Published Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7827
This briefing provides an overview of reforms to the scheme providing compensation to civil servants for loss of office.
Zero-hours contracts
Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06553
This note discusses zero-hours contracts; a type of contract used by employers whereby workers agree to be potentially available for work although have no guaranteed hours.

Topic: Employment

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