Remaining compliant with employment legislation is a requirement of every employer. In order to ensure you work by the most up to date information, it is important to keep up with changes regarding employment and how this affects both you and your employees.
In the latest Broadbents Solicitors blog post, we take a look at the Taylor “Good Work” Review and how these recommendations may affect employment legislation.
Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage on the planned government review of the definition of the term “worker”, with a particular focus on the gig economy. The gig economy refers to short-term work and freelance contracts as opposed to permanent jobs.
The independent review considers employers’ obligations and freedom, alongside the implications that new forms of work have on worker’s rights and responsibilities.
The work carried out in the review is said to have been undertaken with one main ambition: that all work in the UK be fair, with realistic scope for development.
The overall aim of this review is to provide greater clarity for individuals and employers, by clarifying the line between the status of “worker” and “self-employed”, as it is suggested that this is where the greatest risk of exploitation lies. Further to this, the review proposes that greater efforts should be made to remove incentives for businesses to adopt certain business models that may disadvantage workers.
An individual can only understand what kind of protections they have if they understand the classification of their employment status. At this present time, there are several pieces of complex legislation that is spread over multiple acts. Greater clarity is said to ensure employers understand what they can demand from employees as well as their own responsibilities.
The Taylor “Good Work” Review is still a work in progress. Here at Broadbents Solicitors we have a wealth of industry experience dealing with employment legislation and if you would like more information on how this review and the new definition of the term “worker” could affect you as an employer, contact us today.