Since the publication of the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practice, The Good Work Plan is back in the news again. The government has launched a consultation to consider the case for a new single labour market enforcement body.
The reasoning behind this consultation on the original Taylor Review is the government’s recognition that “effective enforcement plays a vital role in giving individuals the confidence to challenge employers where they are denied their rights and it creates a level playing field between businesses”.
As with the original report the focus will be on protecting the most vulnerable workers’ employment rights.
Could this be a welcomed change for compliant umbrella companies?
The proposal is that a new single labour market enforcement body would deal with the National Minimum Wage (currently enforced by HMRC); employment agency regulations (currently enforced by the Employment Agency Standard Inspectorate); umbrella companies; licences to supply temporary labour in high risk sectors e.g. agriculture and the fresh food chain (currently enforced by the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority); labour and worker exploitation; and holiday pay for vulnerable workers.
The consultation closing date is 6 October 2019. Find out more here.