On 17 December 2018, the Good Work Plan was published, being the government’s response to the Taylor Review of Employment Practice from February. This is described by the government as the “biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”.
The approach to these reforms is based on three main themes:
- Fair and Decent Work.
- Clarity for Employers and for Workers.
- Fairer Enforcement.
The main changes proposed are:
- A right for workers to request a more stable and predictable contract.
- Easier for casual staff to establish continuity of employment.
- Agency workers: abolition of Swedish Derogation and the Employment Agency Standard Inspectorate (EASI) to investigate umbrella companies.
- Ban on deductions from staff tips.
- Lower thresholds for requesting information and consultation arrangements.
- Employment status tests to be refined after further research and online employment status tool to be developed.
- Improved written statement of terms for all workers, from day one.
- “key facts” statement to be given to agency workers.
- Reference period for holiday pay to be 52 weeks rather than 12 weeks.
- State-led enforcement of holiday pay for vulnerable workers.
- Reform of statutory sick pay.
- New single, state, enforcement agency for employment rights.
- Naming of employers who fail to pay tribunal awards.
- Increased penalty for aggravated employment law breach.