What Lies Ahead for Employment Rights: Review Underway

What Lies Ahead for Employment Rights: Review Underway

The recent spotlight on working conditions in businesses such as Sports Direct and Asos – where the employer relies heavily on a flexible workforce – and the subsequent criticism of their practices prompted the Government to call an official enquiry into what it calls ‘modern employment practices’. Former Labour Party adviser, Matthew Taylor, was asked to head the enquiry into the balance of the desired flexibility and workers’ basic employment needs. Government identifies need for review Last year, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley was asked to attend a Government Select Committee to respond to reports about ‘Victorian workhouse’ conditions at his warehouse in Derbyshire. Amidst claims that the health and safety of his staff was sometimes compromised, his heavy reliance on zero hours contracts was a particular focus for criticism. Against the backdrop of other similar stories, the Government was moved to undertake an analysis of the current reality of modern flexible work practices and whether this undermines the application of employment...
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Why Employees Must Have Contracts

Why Employees Must Have Contracts

What would you do if an employee stole from you, then demanded compensation at a tribunal? Employees Must Have Contracts... This is the headline-grabbing outcome of a case that has just been heard in Inverness, and reported widely in the UK’s mainstream media. Anne Read worked for the Waterfall Café in the village of Foyers, a remote location near Inverness. The café prides itself on picturesque views across Loch Ness, and is lauded on TripAdvisor for its dog-friendly attitude and excellent tea. This is why Employees Must Have Contracts. Ms Read, its former employee, was caught on CCTV stealing £60 from the till, and was immediately sacked on the spot. She was convicted of the theft, and was given community service for her crime. Then, she sued her former employer, and ended up £400 in profit. Verbal and written contracts At first glance, this seems bizarre, but Ms Read was awarded compensation because she did not have a contract. She also claimed she was owed holiday pay that...
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