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Government reveals plans for holiday and sick pay entitlement for casual workers

07 February 2018 by
Government reveals plans for holiday and sick pay entitlement for casual workers

The government has announced plans to give flexible workers, including those on zero hour contracts, the right to holiday and sick pay, as it responds to the Taylor Review.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy revealed the proposal within its Good Work Plan.

The plan, published today, recommends the introduction of a legal entitlement to holiday and sick pay from the date employment commences, although it does not detail the amount that should be awarded.

The recommendations around holiday and sick pay entitlement would be enforced by government regulators for the first time, under the proposals.

Casual workers would also have the right to receive a pay slip, and request a more stable contract.

On top of this there are proposals for Britain's 1.2 million agency workers to be entitled to a clear breakdown of who is paying their wages along with any charges deducted.

Government will also consider repealing laws that allow agencies to employ workers on cheaper rates and could ask the Low Pay Commission to consider a higher minimum wage for workers on zero-hour contracts.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We recognise the world of work is changing and we have to make sure we have the right structures in place to reflect those changes, enhancing the UK's position as one of the best places in the world to do business.

"We are proud to have record levels of employment in this country but we must also ensure that workers' rights are always upheld. Our response to this report will mean tangible progress towards that goal as we build an economy that works for everyone."

Within the plan there are also proposals to quadruple the fines dished out by employment tribunals to employers who have shown malice, spite or gross oversight, as well as naming those who fail to pay tribunal awards.

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