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Hot News - 18 December 2018

Good Work Plan

You will no doubt have heard on the news that the Government has published their long awaited response to the Taylor Report. The Good Work Plan sets out a number of proposals (none of them earth-shattering) in response to the Taylor review, including:

  • Extending the right to written statement of terms and conditions of employment to workers as well as employees and making this something employers must give on the first day of work.
  • Changing the rules on continuity of employment so that a break of over four weeks (rather than the current one week) is required to break continuity.
  • Abolishing the Swedish derogation which currently gives employers the ability to pay agency workers less than their own employees in certain circumstances.
  • Introducing a right for workers to request a more predictable and stable working pattern.
  • Increasing the penalty for employer's aggravating conduct from £5,000 to £20,000. This penalty may be applied where an employer loses an ET claim against them, but is hardly ever used.
  • A ban on employers making deductions from workers' tips.

The Government has said it will "bring forward detailed proposals" on clarifying employment status so that the frameworks for the purposes of employment rights and tax are aligned. Apparently independent research has been commissioned on this so nothing detailed is expected soon. The Government has already issued three statutory instruments to begin to implement these plans. We'll give you further details in January as most of the changes don't take effect until April 2020.

Cramming things in before Christmas the Government has today announced that it will develop a statutory code of practice on sexual harassment at work with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

So, all that remains is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and remind you that our office closes at 5.30pm on Friday 21 December and will reopen at 9.00am Wednesday 2 January 2019.