Ignore what you're hearing in the news. This morning's proposals by the government about implementing aspects of the Taylor Good Work Report are a damp squib. Most significantly, there are no proposals about changes to the law on employment status (although there is going to be a consultation - see below).
According to the Government's Press Release, it will:-
- introduce a right to request a more stable contract for all workers including zero hour workers (anyone got a clue what that means?);
- help enforce workers' sick and holiday rights;
- introduce a 'naming and shaming' scheme for employers who don't pay tribunal awards;
- make sure new and expectant mothers know their rights;
- ask the Low Pay Commission to consider introducing a higher rate of the national minimum wage for workers on zero hour contracts.
- As for the big stuff, there are no proposals but instead four separate consultations being launched (no dates are given in the Press Release), seeking views on legislation for:
- enforcement of Taylor's employment rights recommendations;
- protecting agency workers;
- measures to increase transparency in the UK labour market; and,
- employment status