A series of proposed changes has been published by the Government with claims this could be the biggest reform of employment law in 20 years, following Matthew Taylor’s Good Work Review.The key proposals are:
Aggravating Conduct – increasing the penalty for employer’s aggravating conduct from £5,000 to £20,000Continuity of Employment – Increasing the one-week rule to break continuity, up to four weeks.
Contracts – workers will have the right to have written statement of terms and conditions to workers as well as employees.Contracts – employer’s will be required to give written statement of terms and conditions on the first day of work (rather than within 8 weeks)
Employment Status Tests – streamlined avoiding employers misclassifying employees and workers as self-employed.
The Swedish Derogation – giving employers the ability to pay agency workers less than their own workers in certain circumstances is to be abolished.Unlawful Deductions – banning employers making deductions from staff tips (presumably extending to the existing unlawful deduction laws)