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New measures to strengthen workplace rights

The Department for Business has published the 'Good Work Plan' which sets out a package of reforms to workplace rights to ensure they keep pace with new forms of employment and the changing labour market.

The plans include:

  • ensuring tips left for workers go to them in full

  • ensuring workers are paid fairly by providing agency workers with a key facts page when they start work, including a clear breakdown of who pays them, and any costs or charges deducted from their wages

  • enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday pay for the first time

  • introducing a list of day-one rights including holiday and sick pay entitlements and a new right to a payslip for all workers, including casual and zero-hour workers

  • introducing a right for all workers, not just zero-hour and agency, to request a more predictable and stable contract, providing more financial security for those on flexible contracts

  • Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy taking a new responsibility to the ensure the ‘quality of work’

  • revising the GLAA licensing standards to ensure that they reflect current worker rights and employer obligations

  • introducing a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards

  • taking further action to ensure unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker

For further information and to download the plan please visit the GOV.UK website.

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