In April 2020, there are three significant changes that are set to come into force if you employ people, plus a number of other changes for which an implementation date is not yet set.
The Good Work Plan is the outcome of the Taylor report (July 2017) and was published in December 2018. There were 53 recommendations and 51 of those are being (or have been) incorporated into UK employment law.
Changes implemented in April 2019
In April 2019, the Government introduced the following:
- The right to a payslip has been extended to cover all workers – as well as employees
- Payslips must now outline hours worked for hourly-paid
- An increase in the maximum penalty (£20,000) for ‘aggravated breaches of employment’
Changes taking effect on 6 April 2020
Extension of the right to a written statement of particulars of employment.
At present, employers have to provide a written statement setting out the basic terms of employment to all employees whose employment lasts for one month or more, and this must be provided within two months of the start of their employment. This statement must now be given by day 1 of their employment.
The right to a written statement of particulars has been extended to include workers as well as employees.
The legislation also requires additional information to be given, including:
- The days of the week the employee is expected to work
- Whether days or hours are variable and if so, the basis on which they will be determined
- All benefits provided by the employer
- Probationary period details including conditions for passing and duration
- Details of training entitlement, mandatory training etc. (including mandatory training which is not funded by the employer)
Increase in the period over which holiday pay is calculated
Currently, the holiday pay of a worker who has irregular working hours is calculated by averaging the number of hours worked over the previous 12 weeks (known as ‘the pay reference period’).
Under the new regulations, the pay reference period will be 52 weeks or, for those workers who have been working for less than 52 weeks, the total number of weeks they have worked.
This change is designed to avoid workers losing out where their working hours are subject to fluctuations such as seasonal variations.
Increased protection for agency workers
Currently, agency workers are entitled to be paid the same rates as permanent employees after 12 weeks, unless they are working under specific contractual arrangements under which they receive a minimum level of pay when they are between assignments (this is known as the ‘Swedish derogation’ model).
This distinction will be abolished and the right to comparable pay will apply to all agency workers after 12 weeks.
The government has also introduced an obligation to provide agency workers with a Key Facts page providing basic information about their contract, pay rates and pay arrangements.
Lighter HR can help with the changes in The Good Work Plan. Take a look at what you are currently doing and if you need any help or guidance give Lighter HR a call.