Good Work Plan

The Good Work hub

The government has outlined its plan to future-proof the UK’s world-leading labour market. Here’s what you need to know.

Currently there are four pieces of legislation that have been agreed by parliament and one has already come in to force this April 2019. 

  1. Payslips – April 2019 
  2. AWR - Repeal of Swedish Derogation Contracts - April 2020 - NEW GUIDANCE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED - you can read it here
  3. Key Information Document – April 2020 - NEW GUIDANCE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED - you can read it here
  4. Written Statement – April 2020 

The UK labour market is adapting and while the government wants to embrace change and recognises the strength of the UK’s flexible workforce, it also has a keen eye on workers’ rights. These dynamics led to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, and four further consultations into employment status, increasing transparency, agency workers and enforcement. Coupled with this, the Prime Minister has also given assurances that workers’ rights are not watered down when the UK leaves the EU with a commitment to debate any EU legislation on this issue in parliament. 

In 2018 the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark presented a paper to parliament that will have an impact on recruiters and how they work, this is the government’s Good Work Plan. This work puts forward a vision for the future of the UK labour market, which “rewards people for hard work, that celebrates good employers and that is ambitious about boosting productivity and earning potential in the UK”. 

In it, the government commits to a wide range of policy and legislative changes to ensure that workers can access fair and decent work so that both employers and workers have the clarity they need to understand their employment relationships, and that the enforcement system is fair and fit for purpose.

There are also a number of potential legislative changes that may come into practice from the Good Work Plan, we have highlighted things to watch out for in our below blog.

Further likely legislation includes a definition of umbrella companies, legislation to clarify and align employment and tax status, the right to request a more stable and predictable contract and recommendations to tackle ‘one-sided flexibility'.

Good work plan - changes to look out for  

The government has promised to work closely with business, employers and those representing them to implement the changes and we plan to represent the interests of our members to ensure that implementation of any legislation is fit for purpose. 

Legal resources and guidance to support your business

  • Legal and policy webinar slides with a full update on The good work plan

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  • Member Q&A's on the good work plan

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REC press releases relating to the Good Work plan and Taylor review


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