The Government has published a number of proposals following Matthew Taylor “Good Work Review.”

The key proposals are:

  • Relaxing the rules on continuity of employment, so that a break of up to four weeks  between contracts will not interrupt continuity. It is currently one week.
  • Extending the right to a written statement of terms and conditions to workers and requiring the employer to give it on the first day of work. It is currently only a right an employee can claim and after two months.
  • Legislation to streamline the employment status tests so they are the same for employment and tax purposes, and to avoid employers mis-classifying employees/workers as self-employed.
  • A ban on employers making deductions from staff tips.
  • Increasing the penalty on employers for aggravating damages from £5,000 to £20,000.
  • Abolishing the Swedish Derogation, which gives employers the ability to pay agency workers less than their own workers in certain circumstances.

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