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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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Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8115
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2017-19 would introduce a right to paid parental bereavement leave.  It is a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Kevin Hollinrake MP and supported by the Government.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Average Earnings: Key Economic Indicators
Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN02795
Average Earnings: Regularly updated data on average weekly earnings, including breakdowns by public and private sectors.
Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0070
This House of Lords Library briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill [HL] on 27 October 2017

Topics: Employment, Pay, Training

Public sector pay
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8037
This briefing provides an overview of public sector pay policy; the financial implications of the cap and the cost of removing it; trends in public sector pay; and recent debate on the subject.
Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043
This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.
Understanding statistics on employment, unemployment and earnings
Published Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07119
This note explains the meaning of different concepts within labour market statistics and identifies the key measures and sources to use.
National Minimum Wage Statistics
Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7735
This briefing looks at trends in the value of the UK National Minimum Wage, the number of jobs paid at the National Minimum Wage and how the National Minimum Wage compares internationally.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Banking executives’ remuneration in the UK
Published Friday, June 9, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06204
This Note outlines some of the changes made to the structure, determination and publication of executive salaries, with particular reference to banks and other financial companies.
The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
Published Friday, June 9, 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.
Millennials
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7946
Millennials are the generation of people now in their young adulthood. Roughly aged between 25 and 34. Millennials make up 13.9% of the total UK population.
Spring Budget 2017: A summary
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7919
A summary of Spring Budget 2017 and the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecasts for the economy and public finances. This briefing now includes detailed discussion of changes to National Insurance contributions for the self-employed and the tax-free allowance for dividend income.
Women and the economy
Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06838
This note looks at women’s participation in the UK labour market and in business.
The gender pay gap
Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN07068
The gender pay gap refers to the difference between male and female hourly earnings. This note looks at the gender pay gap among different groups, including variation in the pay gap by age, region, occupation and industry sector.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Impacts of immigration on population and the economy
Published Monday, July 25, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7659
This note looks at the impacts of immigration on different aspects of the economy and society, including population growth, employment, earnings, public services and the public finances.
National living wage and changes to terms and conditions
Published Friday, April 15, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0085
This Library Debate Pack provides background to the forthcoming debate on the introduction of the National Living Wage and changes to employee contracts.

Topics: Employment, Pay

Economic impacts of the National Living Wage: in brief
Published Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7319
The Government announced a new National Living Wage at the 2015 Summer Budget, to be introduced in April 2016. This note gives a brief overview of the possible impact, including numbers of employees affected.

Topics: Employment, Pay

National minimum wage: social care
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0074
This note provides background material for a Westminster Hall debate on 23 March 2016

Topic: Pay

The National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
Published Monday, December 21, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN00697
National Minimum Wage: volunteers and interns
Women on Low Pay
Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2015-0101
Ruth Cadbury secured a Westminster Hall debate on Women on Low Pay, on 18 November 2015, at 9:30am. There will be a digital debate on Twitter, ahead of the Westminster Hall debate. The digital debate will take place on 17 November 2015, from 4-5pm, using #DoDemocracy
Local government transparency in England
Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers SN06046
This note provides details of the Code of Recommended Practice on local authority data transparency; the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity; filming and social media use in council meetings; and pay policy statements.

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