On 7 February, the Government published its response to Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. The Taylor Review was set up to look at how employment practices need to adapt to modern working patterns, prompted by the growth in agency working and the gig economy. It highlighted the existence of an estimated 800,000 to 1.2 million people in agency work, and some 1.3 million working in the gig economy.
In addition to the full response to the recommendations of the Taylor Review, on which the ATT commented here, the Government has announced four further consultations.
This consultation looks at the issues of employment status for both tax and employment law. The ATT have highlighted in the past the inconsistency between the two categories for tax of employer or self-employed, compared to three categories for employment law purposes, which includes a third category of individual or worker. The Taylor Review proposed the creation of a dependant contractor and this consultation seeks views on this proposal and also on the test for whether someone is an employee or self-employed.
This consultation closes on 1 June 2018.
The ATT will be responding to the consultation on Employment Status and comments or views are welcome to atttechnical [at] att.org.uk.
This consultation looks at the balance between flexibility in the labour market and rights and protections for workers. With regards to transparency, the consultation is looking for further evidence as to whether workers have access to the information that they need to understand their rights and the type of contract that they are working under.
This consultation closes on 23 May 2018.
This consultation seeks views on recommendations for agency workers including:
Ensuring agency workers have access to the information they need about their rate of pay and who is paying them.
Bringing umbrella companies and intermediaries within the scope of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate.
This consultation closes on 9 May 2018.
This consultation looks at employment rights for vulnerable workers, such as ensuring that low paid workers receive the sick pay and holiday pay to which they are entitled.
This consultation closes on 16 May 2018.