The Taylor Review – Changing the Face of Employment

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The Taylor Review was published on 11 July 2017 and considers how employment practices need to alter in order to keep in line with modern business models.

The review identifies seven steps towards fair and decent work with realistic scope for development and fulfilment and includes proposals for clarifying the law governing employment status and adjusting the scope of various employment protections.

A link to the full report can be found here.    

One of the report’s key recommendations is that workers for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo should be classified as dependent contractors and receive extra benefits not normally witnessed as a self-employed individual. However, it does highlight that the distinction between ‘employees’ and ‘workers’ should stay. Further to this, the review states that there should be a clear distinction made between dependent contractors and those who are legitimately self-employed, as the regulations on this currently aren’t always entirely clear and can lead to substantive disputes.

Historically, there have been three categories of employment status:

·         Employee

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What WILL The Election Mean For Employment Law?

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With the general election just over 2 weeks away, we have a brief look at the three main parties’ manifestos with regards to how they might impact employment law.

 

Conservatives 

  • National Living Wage to be increased to 60% of median earnings by 2020
  • Ensure people working in the 'gig' economy are properly protected
  • Listed companies to be requirement by law to nominate a director from the workforce
  • Introduce a right for employees to request information relating to the future direction of the company.

 

Labour

  • To end zero-hours contracts
  • Introduce four extra public holidays each year
  • Those in the public sector, maximum pay ratios of 20:1
  • Increase in minimum wage to at least £10 per hour by 2020
  • A ban on unpaid internships
  • Extend rights of employees to all workers
  • A guaranteed right for trade unions access to workplaces
  • End the public sector pay cap
  • Repeal the Trade Union Act
  • Enforce all workers' rights to trade union representation at work
  • Abolish employment tribunal fees
  • To provide all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent
  • A presumption that a worker is an employee unless the employer can prove otherwise.

 

Liberal Democrats

  • An additional month's paid paternity leave
  • Stamp out abuse of zero-hours contracts
  • Encourage employers to promote employee ownership
  • 40% of board members being women in FTSE 350 companies.

 

Whoever wins the general election, it is clear that employment matters will continue to be a fast-paced and evolving area of law. The legal world can be a complicated place and disputes with employees can take up valuable management time and resources. They can prove expensive to resolve, and early advice is always the key. 

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