Government slammed over Taylor Review response

Government slammed over Taylor Review response

Today’s response from Government to last year’s Taylor Review into modern employment practises has been slammed by a leading legal expert – with a trade union claiming the changes don’t go far enough.

The Taylor Review was commissioned by Theresa May’s cabinet last year, undertaken by a former aide to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair to look at the accusations of improper practise in the gig economy.

The changes come in response to the review, with the current government claiming that it will go further than the Review’s recommendations by enforcing holiday and sick pay entitlements, giving all workers the right to demand a payslip as well as allowing flexible workers to demand more stable contracts.

However, Beverley Sunderland, Managing Director of Crossland Employment Solicitors, has questioned the Government’s changes.

She said: “The Government’s response to the Taylor Review is disappointing. More task forces and lots of words but the real issue in the gig economy is companies taking on staff that they classify as ‘self-employed’ and so not entitled to paid holiday, statutory sick pay, minimum wage etc. Many of these are having to go through long and expensive tribunal cases for declarations that they are ‘workers’ entitling them to paid holiday, working time rights and minimum wage.

“The headline grabbing comments about enforcing holiday pay and sick pay for vulnerable workers is very misleading.”

However, Matthew Taylor, the author of the original review, called the government’s response “substantive and comprehensive”.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It will make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable workers and that is what matters. I welcome the range of specific commitments to improve the protections and rights of workers and to enforce those rights more strongly.

"On important issues, including pay for variable hours workers, employment status and representation of workers I welcome the direction indicated today, but there is more work to be done to encourage the Government to be bold in living up to its commitment to good work for all."

In line with Sunderland, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady added: “The government has taken a baby step – when it needed to take a giant leap.

"These plans won't stop the hire and fire culture of zero-hours contracts or sham self-employment. And they will still leave 1.8 million workers excluded from key protections.”

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Comments (1)

  • Boris
    Wed, 7 Feb 2018 12:58pm GMT
    I'd love to be surprised by this but I'm not. Yet again the government promise one thing and then fudge/bluff their way through without actually changing anything. Without proper intervention from those higher on the food chain people are still going to be left at risk of exploitation by companies who favor profit over people. After yesterday's story about the delivery worker who died because he was fined by his employer for attending medical appointments i would have hoped that things would be changing, no such luck though!

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