New rights for workers as Government announces employment law reforms

Millions of workers are to receive new employment rights from day one into a new job, including the enforcement of mandatory holiday and sick pay under major government reforms.

The UK is set to be one of the first countries to try and tackle the challenges of the changing world of work, pledging to create ‘higher-paying jobs’.

Ministers have claimed they plan to go further than just allowing workers the right to request a more stable contract. They want to enforce holiday and sick pay for the first time, and have day-one rights like entitlement and rights to a new payslip.

Up to 1.2m agency workers will be entitled to a breakdown of who pays them and any additional costs deducted from their wages, whilst the Low Pay Commission will be asked to consider higher rates of minimum wage for those on zero hour contracts.

Laws that allow agencies to employ workers on cheap rates may also be repealed, and employment tribunal fines against employers will be rising to £20,000.

Consultations are to be launched to consider whether new laws are needed to make it easier to understand if someone is an employee, worker or self-employed. As this has been an issue which has led to a series of tribunal cases.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We recognise the world of work is changing and we have to make sure we have the right structures in place to reflect those changes, enhancing the UK’s position as one of the best places in the world to do business.

“We are proud to have record levels of employment in this country but we must also ensure that workers’ rights are always upheld.

“Our response to this report will mean tangible progress towards that goal as we build an economy that works for everyone.”

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