Continuation of the Good Work Plan
16th January, 2020
With the UK Political climate settled for the time being, it has provided some clarity on what we can expect Employment Law wise in the coming year. One such measure is a continuation of the Good Work Plan published in December 2018.
The Good Work Plan recommended a number of employment related amendments and measures aimed at altering many the current rights that workers in the UK may or may not have access to. 2019 saw some of the recommendation’s implemented such as the right to itemised payslips for all workers. The majority of the changes are expected in 2020.
One such measure which will come into effect on 6 April 2020 is the right for employees and workers to be provided with a Written Statement of Terms on or before the first day of employment. Currently, only employees (not workers) need to be provided with a written statement of terms of employment within the first two months of employment.
A Written Statement of Terms is a statutory requirement for employers to provide. This statement outlines to the employee the main conditions of their employment and the information to be included from day one is being expanded. In addition to the current information to be provided in a written statement of terms, from 6 April 2020 the statement should also include:
- information on the length of time a job is expected to last, or the end date of a fixed term contract;
- the notice period both the employer and worker/employee are required to give;
- eligibility for sick leave and pay;
- details of other rights to paid leave e.g. maternity and paternity leave;
- the duration and conditions of any probationary period;
- all remuneration (not just pay) e.g vouchers, lunch, health insurance or other benefits;
- the normal working hours, specifying the days and times of work and whether such hours or days may be variable; and
- any training entitlement provided by the employer.
As the new obligation applies from “day one”, employers should begin preparation of the revised statement of particulars now to ensure that they are updated to include every element of the new requirement.
Recommended action points for employers
We would recommend employers:
- Review current statements and contracts of employments for employees and check they include all of the relevant information;
- Consider who may qualify as a worker and review current contracts in place with workers to ensure they meet the new requirements;
- Consider putting in place procedures as part of the recruitment process to ensure documentation is issued on or before the first day of work.
If you require any help with Written Statements or any other Employment related matter please do not hesitate to contact our Claire Brook.
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