7 February 2018

Having decided to accept most of the recommendations made by the Taylor Review into modern working practices, the Government is claiming that the UK will become one of the first countries to address the challenges of the changing world of work.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), millions of workers will get new day-one rights.

"Good work: The Taylor Review of modern working practices" can be found at http://bit.ly/2sROQk8.

In some cases the Government plans to go further than the Review’s proposals, including: enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday and sick pay for the first time; and providing a list of day-one rights including holiday and sick pay entitlements and a new right to a payslip for all workers, including casual and zero-hour workers.

There will also be a right for all workers, not just zero-hour and agency, to request a more stable contract, providing more financial security for those on flexible contracts.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "We will take forward Matthew Taylor’s recommendations and commit to pursuing the quality of work as well as number of jobs."

Among other changes, a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards will be introduced and employment tribunal fines for employers showing "malice, spite or gross oversight" will quadruple to £20,000.

BEIS has also promised action to ensure unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker.

Tackling the gig economy

The Government will define ‘working time’ for flexible workers who find jobs through apps or online so they know when they should be being paid.

It is also launching a detailed consultation examining options, including new legislation, to make it easier for both the workforce and businesses to understand whether someone is an employee, worker or self-employed — determining which rights and tax obligations apply to them.

Have your say

As well as seeking comments on employment status, the Government plans the following consultations:

  • on enforcement of employment rights recommendations;

  • on agency workers recommendations; and

  • on measures to increase transparency in the UK labour market .