The Good Work Plan: The Government’s Proposals and Reforms for Employment Law

In December 2018, the Government published the “Good Work Plan”.

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The Good Work Plan: The Government’s Proposals and Reforms for Employment Law

This follows on from The Taylor “Good Work” Report which was published in July 2017 and set out various recommendations, particularly relating to the growing ‘gig economy’.

The Taylor Report was intended to review modern working practices and contained numerous proposals for changes in employment law.  However, these were merely recommendations and no changes were set in stone.

We now have the Good Work Plan which provides further proposals but also explains how those proposals will shape employment law in the future.

The most significant changes include new legislation on:

  • The right to be provided with a written statement of employment particulars from day one of the employment (rather than the current position that this has to be provided within 2 months)
  • Enhanced rights for agency workers
  • An increase in the “reference period” used to calculate holiday pay from 12 weeks to 52

This legislation is set to become enforceable in April 2020 and further reforms and proposals include:

  • Launching a holiday pay awareness campaign
  • Introducing “naming and shaming” of employers who fail to pay Employment Tribunal awards to winning employees
  • Banning employers from making deductions from staff tips so that the employee receives all of the tips left for them by the customer
  • Extending the break in service (for the purposes of calculating continuity of service) from 1 week to 4 weeks

These changes are mainly aimed at protecting workers in the gig economy but it is likely that 2019 will bring further draft legislation with a raft of changes set to improve working conditions generally.

And of course with Brexit on the horizon, we are expecting even more changes to employment law as the year continues, changes we will of course cover here.

If you have any questions regarding employment or HR law please call Charlotte Ollerenshaw on 0114 290 6286 or email Charlotte at



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