19 December 2018
A new round of employment law reform is upon us. In an attempt to improve the rights of zero hour, agency and Gig Economy workers (previously identified by Theresa May as “just about managing”), the Government is set to implement its “Good Work Plan” by proposing legislative changes “to ensure that workers can access fair and decent work, that both employers and workers have the clarity they need to understand their employment relationships, and that the enforcement system is fair and fit for purpose”.
The Good Work Plan implements the findings of the Taylor Review and seeks to enhance the rights of workers identified as being vulnerable and lacking adequate job security. The Government’s purpose is to tackle “one-sided flexibility, where some businesses have transferred too much business risk to the individual, sometimes at the detriment of their financial security and personal wellbeing”. The Government is adopting nearly all of the recommendations made in the Taylor Report. These are some of the highlights:
Trade Unions are concerned that the plans do not go far enough to address the concerns of Gig Economy workers and also fail to tackle what they see as the scourge of zero hours contracts. However, once (and if) fully implemented through legislation which the Government proposes introducing next year, the Good Work Plan heralds a significant increase to the rights of atypical workers in the Gig Economy.