Stuart Chamberlain, Employment Law specialist and a Lead Commentator for Wolters Kluwer Croner-i HR, takes you through the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, entitled “Good Work”, published on 11 July 2017.
Shortly after she became Prime Minister last year, Theresa May commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former aide to Tony Blair and Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to report on the changing world of employment.
The Review states that its work is based on a single overriding ambition: that “All work in the UK economy should be “fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment”.
There are some recommendations about the “gig economy” – that is, platform- based working with short-term contracts Taylor recognised that the flexibility touted in favour of such arrangements is “one-sided”, too much in the employer’s favour. He recommends the adoption of the term “Dependant contractor” for those who work in the gig economy, with additional employment protections and stronger incentives for firms to treat them more fairly. Firms which control and supervise their workers should pay a range of benefits, including National Insurance.
Taylor also advocates more responsible corporate governance, the taxation of labour to be more consistent across all forms of employment, and a “more proactive approach” to workplace health.
The Review offers a number of recommendations to the Government towards achieving such “fair and decent work”:
- Task the Low Pay Commission with examining how a higher National Minimum Wage rate might apply to non-guaranteed hours;
- Develop legislation to make it easier for all working people to receive basic details about their employment relationship;
- Make it easier for people in very flexible arrangements to receive holiday entitlements;
- Develop legislation that allows agency workers and those on zero hours contracts the ability to request a more formal working relationship.
Read full Commentary, including a summary of reactions to the Taylor Report and Stuart's opinion on its impact on the current employment practices.