Following the publication of the Good Work Plan following the independent Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, the Government have announced they will introduce new legislation on workers’ rights. Although there is no timetable yet for the changes, they are set to be the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in more than twenty years and will have direct consequences for management. There are 5 major changes pending as follows: - 1. To bring forward legislation which will improve clarity on employment status, reflecting modern working practices and to align the employment status frameworks for the purposes of employment rights and tax.\ 2. To extend the right to a written statement to all workers, make it a day one right (currently two months) for both workers, agency workers and employees and set out new requirements for mandatory contents. 3. To extend, from one week to one month, the break in service for the calculation of the qualifying period for continuous service. 4. To launch a holiday pay awareness campaign and increase the pay reference period for calculating holiday pay from 12 to 52 weeks. 5. To create a right to request a contract that guarantees hours for all workers, including those on zero-hour contracts who have been in post for 12 months which better reflects the hours worked.
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