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Taylor Review on modern employment practices launched

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Back in October, Theresa May announced that Matthew Taylor (the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts) would conduct a review into modern employment practices to look at whether/how they needed to change in order to keep pace with modern business models.

Yesterday, the Taylor Review team announced that they will be travelling the country talking to workers and employers about the UK’s labour market. The regional tour will visit areas including Maidstone, Coventry and Glasgow and will speak to those in the gig economy, rural economy and also in manufacturing.The six month review will consider the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities and on employer freedoms and obligations. Read more about the Taylor Review here.

The gig economy remains a topical issue at the moment, given the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s research project into the gig economy, the recent outcome of the Uber drivers tribunal claim and news that Deliveroo drivers are seeking union recognition from Deliveroo. 

Any business which currently operates with less traditional working arrangements, ie which uses workers, contractors, zero hours contracts rather than the more traditional employee status, should now be considering how these arrangements could be impacted in future, and planning budgets accordingly.