The Independent Taylor Review which was published last year, sought to review modern employment practices, with the overriding ambition that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment”.
In response to that review, the government on 7th February 2018, introduced the Good Work Plan. This report sets out proposals to improve employment rights for ‘millions’ of UK workers.
The government’s key proposals include:
Enforcing holiday and sick pay entitlements
Giving all workers the right to demand a payslip
Allowing flexible workers, including zero-house and agency works, to demand more stable contracts
Defining “working time” for flexible workers who find jobs through apps or online so they are clear on when they are being paid
Introducing a new “naming and shaming” scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards
Quadruple employment tribunal fines (up to £20,000.00) for employers showing “malice, spite or gross oversight”
A crackdown preventing unpaid interns being asked to carry out the job of a worker
The government’s position remains unaltered in respect of changes to the rates of National Insurance Contributions in relation to employment and self-employment. They have rejected the proposal to reduce the disparity between the employed and self-employed and do not intend to revisit this point.
Pursuant to the Good Work plan, four consultations are to be launched on employment status, enforcement of employment rights, agency workers and measures to increase transparency.
It has not yet been confirmed when these consultations will take place, or when the government’s proposals will be implemented. However, recognising that there are limited public finances and the fact that Brexit is dominating Parliamentary debates, it is doubtful that plans will be implemented in the near future.
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