Review of non-standard employment practices

Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that employment law and practices in the UK will be reviewed, including the rights of self-employed, temporary and zero hours contract workers.

May appointed Matthew Taylor, a former head of the Labour Policy Unit under Tony Blair, to look at job security, pay and the rights of workers.  Taylor has been tasked at looking at whether regulations will need to change with the growing number of people who are registered as self-employed, zero hours contracts or temporary work.  It will also examine whether there are ways to increase opportunities for carers, people with disabilities and the elderly.

The review comes on the back of recent media attention in cases such as Sports Direct and is a good opportunity to deal with exploitative practices that seem increasingly prevalent.  However, it should be borne in mind that in the majority of cases the problem is not in how someone is engaged i.e. temporary / self-employed, but how they are treated by business hiring them.

Published on: 18 October 2016 - By: FCSA

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