UK government introduces protections for flexible workers

By February 7, 2018For Talent

The UK has become one of the first countries in the world to address challenges caused by changing workplaces in the modern economy, following the Taylor Review.

Millions of workers will now get rights from day-one. New rights will include sick and holiday pay for vulnerable workers. The government will also become accountable for quantity of jobs available.

Reforms will ensure that employment law keeps up with modern ways of working. These include rights for casual, zero-hour and flexible workers.

The Taylor Review is part of Britain’s Industrial Strategy. This is a long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future through the creation of better, higher-paying jobs.

Speaking about the initiative, Theresa May has said

“We recognise the world of work is changing and we have to make sure we have the right structures in place to reflect those changes. We will be enhancing the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world to do business”.

As part of the strategy, the government will also ensure unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker. They will name employers failing to pay out awards and quadruple fines for employers showing malice, spite or gross oversight.

Measures will be brought in so that ‘working time’ is defined on apps and online so people are aware of their rights.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will work with labour market experts. They will be discussing the implementation of new quality standards.

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Author Jack Maguire

Jack Maguire is a recent English Studies graduate, content writer for the Jobbio blog, freelance journalist and podcast creator.

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