Employment Law Update: Good Work Plan

What Is Happening?

The government’s ‘Good Work Plan’ was published in December 2018, making a commitment to increase the penalties for employers that repeatedly breached their employment law obligations.

Some of the key things to take note of from the plan are:

  • To align the different tests of employment status (this means it will be easier to test if someone is a worker or an employee);
  • Abolish the Swedish Derogation for agency workers;
  • Introduce a new right for workers to request a more stable contract, including a written statement of particulars from day one of employment.

Why Does It Matter?

Tribunals have the power to impose a £5,000 ‘aggravated breach’ penalty on employers losing cases, and from April 6th 2019, the maximum limit on these penalties will rise to £20,000.