The government is making an extra £4million available to local councils across the country to help them crack down on criminal landlords.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said most landlords provide quality homes for their tenants, but a small minority continue to break the law and offer inadequate or unsafe housing, leaving young families and vulnerable people feeling trapped.
The government is considering new measures to prevent unscrupulous employers from intimidating staff who expose wrongdoing in the workplace.
It means it could become unlawful to withhold references for an employee who wishes to leave a company following a dispute.
Three construction firms have been fined a total of £36m for breaking competition law by operating an illegal cartel.
Following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Northern Ireland-based firm FP McCann Ltd is facing a fine of more than £25m for its part in the scheme.
An administrative assistant was discriminated against when she was dismissed after telling her employer she had become pregnant.
Gita Karavadra had worked for BJ Cheese Packaging for eight months.
Letting agents across London have been fined a total of £1.2m for failing to comply with new regulations to protect tenants.
London Trading Standards (LTS) found that more than 46% of 1,922 agents inspected in the 15 months up to June 2019 were non-compliant with either the Consumer Rights Act and/or the legislation on redress scheme membership.