UK: Government’s “Good Work Plan” sets out employment law reforms following the Taylor Review

The Government has today published its “vision for the future of the UK labour market”, the Good Work Plan, which builds on its earlier response to the Taylor Review (see our summary here) on the impact of digital platforms on modern working practices and the rights of workers.

This publication sets out what the Government describes as “ambitious” proposals for employment law reform, together with feedback from the four recent consultations on employment status, transparency, agency workers and enforcement.

The Government states that it has accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the Taylor Review and proposes 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”.

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UK: Government responds to Taylor Review with ‘Good Work plan’

The government has this morning issued a press release announcing its response to the independent Taylor Review published last year (see our summary here). The government has given a general commitment to pursue quality of work in addition to number of jobs, but specific proposals are largely limited to better information about and enforcement of rights; decisions on substantive changes to rights have mostly been deferred for yet more consultation.  The press release only mentions firm proposals for the following new rights: Continue reading

UK: Queen’s Speech and Brexit developments

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and bring about Britain’s exit from the European Union. A series of factsheets has been published to accompany the Bill, including one setting out the Government’s previously announced position on protecting workers’ rights (see here).  Other measures included: Continue reading