Commenting on the publication of the Government's response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD said:
“The Taylor Review shone a light on some of the biggest issues facing our modern labour market, and it is good to see that the Government has committed to taking action to address almost all of its recommendations. The UK has a flexible labour market that broadly strikes the right balance between providing flexibility for employers and employment protections for individuals but we should always look to tackle abuses of employment rights, provide greater clarity on employers’ obligations and close loopholes wherever we can. The Government response also rightly places more attention on the enforcement of existing rights which can help ensure that bad practice will be stamped out wherever it exists.
“We particularly welcome the clear commitment to enshrining the principles of 'good work' and ensuring that they are measured on an ongoing basis. Work can and should be a force for good, and the measures announced today, alongside the ongoing consultation with business, will help to ensure that these principles are reflected across the economy. We look forward to working with Government to help develop these measures and ensure they capture the wide range of factors that make up ‘good work’. A clearer understanding of the elements that create good work will support efforts to boost individual well-being and create more inclusive and productive workplaces.
“The CIPD has long called for both workers and employees to be eligible for written terms and conditions of employment, so we fully support the adoption of the right to receive a payslip and terms and conditions from day one. Improving clarity and transparency of people’s contractual terms and conditions from day one can help to ensure that people’s rights are respected in the workplace and reduce abuses.”