This morning the government published a press release setting out its proposals for implementing aspects of the Taylor Review.
The Taylor Review, published on 11 July 2017, investigated modern working practices and put forward a number of recommendations including:
- clarifying the law on employment status and renaming “worker” to “dependent contractor”;
- making it a statutory requirement for employees and ‘dependent contractors’ to receive written statements of employment on day one of their job;
- reforming SSP so all workers are eligible from day one;
- introducing a right for agency workers and those on zero hours contracts to request direct employment contracts or a fixed hours contract after 12 months; and
- moving towards cashless, digital transactions to increase transparency of payments.
According to the Government’s press release, its “Good Work Plan” includes:
- introducing a right to request more stable contracts for all workers, including zero hour workers;
- helping enforce workers’ sick and holiday rights
- asking the Low Pay Commission to consider introducing a higher rate of the national minimum wage for workers on zero hours contracts
- naming and shaming employers who don’t pay tribunal awards
The Government will also be launching four separate consultations seeking views on legislation for:
- the enforcement of Matthew Taylor’s employment rights recommendations;
- the protection of agency workers;
- introducing measures to make the UK labour market more transparent; and
- clarifying employment status.
You can read the Government Press release here.
Alex Payton comments:
"The Government response to the Taylor Review is more of a “statement of intent” with more consultations to be launched and no firm plans to change the law on employment status. We will need to wait to see what new legislation will be proposed and how that will impact on employers in practice."
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