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The UK Government has announced its Good Work plan, which aims to make the UK's employment law fit for modern working practices.
The plan includes three main areas:
The government will seek to protect workers’ rights by:
take further action to ensure unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker;
introducing a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards
quadrupling employment tribunal fines for employers showing malice, spite or gross oversight to £20,000 and considering increasing penalties for employers who have previously lost similar cases
The government will ensure workers are paid fairly by:
providing all 1.2 million agency workers with a clear breakdown of who pays them and any costs or charges deducted from their wages
asking the Low Pay Commission to consider the impact of higher minimum wage rates for workers on zero-hour contracts
considering repealing laws allowing agencies to employ workers on cheaper rates
The government will increase transparency in the business environment by:
defining ‘working time’ for flexible workers who find jobs through apps or online so they know when they should be being paid
launching a task force with business to promote awareness and take-up of the right to request flexible working introduced in 2014
making sure new and expectant mothers know their workplace rights and raise awareness amongst employers of their obligations
launching a new campaign to encourage more working parents to share childcare through Shared Parental Leave – a right introduced in 2015
Read HR Magazine's article here for more information.