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UK Employment Law to be Reviewed


Date: 14-Oct-2016

Theresa May has appointed Matthew Taylor, a former key adviser to Tony Blair, to lead a major review into zero-hours contracts, the rights of the self-employed and people who work for new technology platforms, like the Uber ride-hailing service.

The Prime Minister said: "We are building a new centre-ground in British politics; improving the security and rights of ordinary working people is a key part of building a country and an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few."

She added: “Flexibility and innovation are a vital part of what makes our economy strong but it is essential that these virtues are combined with the right support and protections for workers.”

Mr Taylor, now head of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, acknowledged challenges and risks for employers and employees: "We need to approach this issue with an open mind recognising that within our flexible system of employment the same type of contract can have a diverse range of impacts on the people who use them," he added.

He added: “What’s more, around six million people are not covered by the standard suite of workplace rights. Worryingly, that number continues to grow, and it shows how rapidly changing business models and working practices are continually stretching the limits of our employment rules.”

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