by Ezra Moffatt, Consultant
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There has been much talk about zero-hour contracts and whether they are a good or bad thing for both companies and the individuals who carry out work on behalf of those companies.
The government has now introduced the ‘Good Work Plan’, new legislation designed to protect Workers on zero-hour contracts, agency employees or those in the ‘gig economy’.
Under the new legislation:
- Individuals would be informed from the first day they commence work what rights they are entitled to. Companies would be required to provide a ‘statement of rights’ setting out what paid leave individuals are entitled to, including for sick pay, holiday pay and maternity and paternity leave;
- Companies would have to calculate any holiday pay an individual is entitled to based on 52 weeks, as opposed to 12 weeks;
- The current loophole that allows for agency staff to be paid less than permanent employees would be closed;
- Individuals would be given the right to request more predictable hours;
- There will be an increase in the maximum fine employers face at a tribunal from £5,000 to £20,000, if they are found to have demonstrated ‘malice, spite or gross oversight’.
It is expect that the new legislation will come into force in 2020.