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Major changes proposed to improve workers' rights

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Last week, the government published its response to “Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices”. This independent review published in July made a series of recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of atypical workers and individuals working in the gig economy.

The response sets out the government’s proposals to increase workers’ rights and their awareness of those rights as well as the action the government intends to take against employers who breach their workers’ rights.

Notable measures mentioned by the government in their response are:

  • enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday and sick pay for the first time;
  • a new right to a payslip for all workers (including casual and zero hour workers);
  • introducing a new “naming and shaming” scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards;
  • quadrupling employment tribunal fines for employers showing malice, spite or gross oversight to £20,000.

It sounds like big changes are about to happen, however, the day the government published its response, it also launched four separate consultations into the enforcement of employment rights, agency workers, measures to increase transparency in the UK labour market and employment status.

We will have to wait and see what the outcome of the consultations will be before we know how things will actually change in practice, but it is likely that there will be increased obligations on many employers going forward in relation to their employees - so watch this space!

If you are unsure of how the changes are likely to affect your business and your employees, please contact the Roythornes Employment team.