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UK unveils biggest package of workplace reforms in 20 yrs

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Dec '18
UK unveils biggest package of workplace reforms in 20 yrs
British business secretary Greg Clark recently unveiled a package of legislation, regulation, and reforms, the ‘Good Work Plan’, to ensure workers can access fair and decent work, offer businesses greater clarity on their obligations and ensure a fair enforcement system. The government claims it is “the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years”.

The legislation follows ‘The Taylor Review’, a July 2017 assessment from Royal Society of Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor, which examined modern working practices and set out seven principles to address challenges facing the UK labour market.

The plan includes new legislation to upgrade workers’ rights, a new single labour market enforcement body and an end to Swedish derogation, which enables some firms to pay agency workers less than permanent staff, according to a UK Government press release.

The government has also implemented through the package many reforms suggested in the Labour Market Strategy set out by Sir David Metcalf, the director of Labour Market Enforcement, including detailed plans to tackle exploitation of low-paid workers.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) welcomed the government announcement saying many measures announced are important steps towards ensuring that the legal framework reflects modern workplaces and current employment practices. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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