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Conditions of Employment

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 73999, tabled on 12 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the recommendations of the Good Work Plan published in December 2018, how many of those recommendations (a) have been implemented, (b) are in the process of being implemented by legislation or other means and (c) are still under consideration awaiting legislation or other means to implement them.

Answered on

22 November 2021

We have already made significant progress in bringing forward legislation to protect workers’ rights, including:

  • Giving all workers the right to receive a statement of their rights from day one;
  • Introducing new rights to workers to receive a payslip and for payslips for hourly paid workers to include the numbers of hours worked;
  • Quadrupling the maximum additional penalty fine that Employment Tribunals can use for employers who treat their workers badly;
  • Closing a loophole which sees agency workers employed on cheaper rates than permanent workers;
  • Extending the holiday pay reference period from 12 to 52 weeks, ensuring those in seasonal or atypical roles get fair holiday pay; and
  • Announcing a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay Employment Tribunal awards.

Future reforms will build on this record. These reforms will form part of the Government’s plan to build back better, enabling a high skilled, high productivity, high wage economy that delivers on our ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to work and grow a business.