The Government has announced that it will be adopting much of the Taylor Review into workers’ rights. It will however be some time before the legislation comes into effect.
When it does enter the statute books however, it is likely that all employers must pay their workers sick and holiday pay. To enforce the new rules Government is suggesting raising tribunal fines to £20,000 and a ‘naming and shaming’ scheme maybe introduced. However, all of this is subject to further consultation or will require further legislation.
Employers must be very clear regarding the status every person they engage with, be they employee, worker, or truly self-employed. It is possible that those who may be considered self-employed can move into ‘employee’ status, thereby qualifying for extra employee rights. For NPA members they can receive free guidance on this by contacting our HR and employment law partners at Croner on 0808 145 3003. www.croner.co.uk