Earlier today the UK Government issued a press-release entitled, 'Millions to benefit from enhanced rights as the Government responds to Taylor review of modern working practices'.
The title of the press release would suggest far reaching changes to employment legislation yet the content suggests the opposite. In essence the Government has said that it will:
- Introduce a right to request a more stable contract for all workers, including zero hours workers
- Help enforce workers' rights to sick pay and holiday pay
- Introduce a naming and shaming scheme for employers who don't pay Employment Tribunal awards
- Make sure new and expectant mothers know their rights
- As the Low Pay Commission to consider introducing a higher rate of the National Minimum Wage for workers on zero hours contracts
It's worthy of note that workers are not necessarily employees and certainly the first two of these provisions are aimed at helping people denied their rights as workers to be paid what they are entitled to, on the back of recent cases such as Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins vs. Gary Smith and Uber vs Aslam.
In addition to the above, the Government have promised a number of consultations seeking views on possible future legislation covering the following areas:
- Protecting agency workers
- Employment status
- Measures to increase transparency in the UK labour market
- The enforceability of Taylor's employment rights recommendtions.
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