The Prime Minister has announced a review of employment rights, to be led by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, to ensure that "no one is left behind in the workplace".
Around one in five workers has non-standard employment arrangements, such as self-employment, zero hour contracts or temporary work. The review is designed to ensure that the employment law framework adequately protects and supports those working in the modern labour market. The review will focus on:
- Security, pay and rights – whether emerging business practices strike the correct balance between flexible labour and benefits such as higher pay and greater work availability and whether new forms of employment undermine access to benefits such as the minimum wage, maternity and paternity rights, pension auto-enrolment, sick pay and holiday pay;
- Progression and training – how professional development can be encouraged within the modern economy;
- Balancing rights and responsibilities – whether the definition of employment status needs to be updated to reflect new forms of working and emerging business models;
- Representation – whether alternative forms of worker representation are needed;
- Opportunities for under-represented groups – how to create labour market opportunities for groups such as those with disabilities or care responsibilities; and
- New business models – how the government can support a wide range of business models.
No timescale for completion of the review has been announced.