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Launch of Taylor Review into Employment Practices

The Government has recently announced the launch of the Taylor review, which is examining current employment practices and how they might need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.

The review has begun with a country-wide evidence gathering tour, with the review panel members, led by Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, talking to employees and employers about the UK’s labour market.

Current Employment Framework

The Government explains that the review will consider the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities - as well as on employer freedoms and obligations.

The current employment framework means a person’s entitlement to employment rights is determined by their employment status:

  • Employee – entitled to a full range of employment rights: the National Minimum and Living Wage, annual leave, rest breaks, maternity, paternity and adoption leave, right not to be treated less favourably as a part-time worker, right not to be treated less favourably as a fixed-term employee, right to request flexible working, protection from discrimination at work, minimum notice periods, collective redundancy consultation, statutory redundancy pay, protection from unfair dismissal and TUPE.
  • Worker – entitled to a range but not all employment rights: the National Minimum and Living Wage, annual leave, rest breaks, right not to be treated less favourably as a part-time worker, protection from discrimination at work.
  • Self-employed – no entitlement to employment rights beyond basic health and safety and anti-discrimination framework.

New Practices

With 15% of those working in the UK’s labour market now self-employed, there has been a rise in the number of people doing ‘gig’ work – short-term, casual work that is increasingly sought by people through mobile phone apps when they want to work. These roles can include driving, delivering items and DIY tasks.

The explosion of ‘disruptive’ businesses – where new ways of working and technology come together to create new products and services to better meet consumer demand – is also leading to a change in working practices.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is also to launch a research project into the scale of the gig economy – the first piece of government-commissioned research into the practice. The project will also look at the motivations of people engaging in ‘gig’ work.

Review Seen as an Important Step

“The Taylor review is a hugely important step towards us ensuring fairness for everyone in work,” explained Business Minister Margot James. “Helping us to understand what impact modern employment practices have on workers will inform our forthcoming industrial strategy and also help us ensure our labour market and wider economy works for everyone.”

“We recognise the importance of being open to new and innovative ways of working – and having a skilled and flexible workforce is part of what makes the UK an attractive place to do business,” she added. “But it is also crucial that workers receive a decent wage and that people working in all sorts of jobs are able to benefit from the right balance of flexibility, rights, and protections.”

Employment organisations have welcomed the launch of the review, with the TUC describing it as “an opportunity to bring the rules protecting workers into the 21st century, and to improve rights for millions of working people.”

The CIPD added that it would shine a light on “non-traditional” employment, reports Personnel Today.

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