New laws to protect millions of workers, report reveals

Millions more workers will be entitled to comprehensive working rights and protections under new plans set out this week.

The new laws form part of the Government’s Good Work Plan, which has been described as the “largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation”.

According to the report, a new regulatory body would be formed to enforce holiday pay for millions of vulnerable workers and ensure that agency workers are not underpaid.

Announcing the move, Business Secretary Greg Clark said the new single body would create a “strong, recognisable single brand” and would “make it easier for individuals to know where to go for help”, adding that it will also be better able to support businesses to help them comply with the law.

“A new single labour market enforcement body will bring together our different enforcement partners putting all our expertise in one dedicated place, better-protecting workers and enforcing their rights now and into the future,” he said.

The new rules follow several regulatory changes in the labour market in recent years, including new workers’ rights to receive a payslip, quadrupling the maximum employment tribunal penalty to £20,000, and the scrapping of the Swedish Derogation – a legal loophole which resulted in agency workers being paid less than their counterparts.

Commenting on the new developments, Kate Boguslawska, employment Partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, said:: “Better understanding of employment rights is important for both employers and workers. I am pleased that tougher enforcement is going to be accompanied by better support for business and access to information and assistance.”

The Government’s Good Work Plan can be read in full here.

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