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Employment Reforms To Improve Workers’ Rights

Feb 12, 2018

Workers are set to benefit from better employment rights after the government has committed to reform conditions in response to the Taylor Review.

The independent paper was published last year looking at working practices and found that a focus needs to be put on the quality of work produced, not just the number of jobs made available, which will be of interest to employers looking for offices for let in Warrington.

Earlier this week, the government proposed ways to ensure workers know and receive their rights, and employers are made accountable if they breach these conditions.

Prime Minister Theresa May 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, enhancing the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world to do business.”

The plans include enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday and sick pay; a right to request a stable contract to provide financial security for those on flexible agreements; day-one rights for holiday and sick pay; and wage slips for all workers.

The government also intends to ensure unpaid interns do not end up doing the work of an employee; quadruple tribunal fines for employers who show malice, spite or gross oversight amounting to £20,000; and name those who fail to pay employment tribunal awards.

Responding to the proposals, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) noted that 1.8 million workers will still be excluded from rights’ protections.

General secretary of the TUC Frances O’Grady stated this is a “baby step – when it needed to take a giant leap”.


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