The Government has published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices and launched associated consultations.
In response to the Taylor Review’s recommendations, the Government has announced that it intends to introduce measures to help enforce vulnerable workers’ rights, such as holiday and sick pay. A new right to a payslip for all workers, including casual and zero-hour workers, will also be introduced. Meanwhile, new safeguards will be introduced for agency workers, as well as reforms to ensure transparency in the labour market. The Government also proposes to examine how it can be made easier to establish when an individual is an employee, worker, or self-employed.
Four consultations on the proposals in the Government’s ‘Good Work’ report have also have been launched:
Donna Sharp, Director in KPMG’s Employment Legal Services team in the UK, comments:
“The Taylor Review’s recommendation to address the disparity between the level of income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) applied to employed and self-employed individuals is not to be taken forward. Given the distorting effect that this disparity can have on how business engages labour, we think the Government should more thoroughly engage in a wider dialogue on how the UK should be taxing labour in the twenty-first century.
“This said, the Government’s commitment to ensuring individuals and businesses are more easily able to understand when someone is an employee, worker, or self-employed is to be welcomed. However, it is not yet clear whether changes will be made as to how these working relationships will be established.
“The Government’s responses to the proposed consultation exercises, and how these might translate into changes to employment law (in particular, how employment status is determined) will be key in how modern working practices develop.
“We will review the Government’s full response to the Taylor Review, and the consultation documents, and publish our detailed comments in due course.
“Publication of the ‘Good Work’ report and the associated consultations are an important step in this journey, but there remains some way to go.”
If you have any questions about the consultations and what they could mean for your business, please get in touch with your usual KPMG contact or one of the named contacts.
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