The Good Work Plan is the Governments response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices in the UK.
What is the Good Work Plan?
From 6th April 2020, The Good Work Plan attempts to provide better clarity on employment rights and ensure individuals are well informed.
The changes implemented by the Good Work Plan are listed as follows:
- Employment Status
- Holiday pay
- Written Statement for Employment Rights
- Agency workers
- Extra Protection from redundancy for pregnant woman and new parents
- Stable contracts vs zero hours contracts
Written Statement for Employment Rights
There are a series of changes to the contract of employment which came to effect in 6th April 2020. The new requirement is to provide all employees and workers with a Written Statement of the main Terms and Conditions of Employment on or before the first day of work.
It is important that employers have the contracts prepared in advance of the start date, preferably at the point of offer. The information to be included is as follows:
Changes to Contract of Employment
- how long a job is expected to last, or the end date of a fixed-term contract
- the notice to be given by employer and worker to terminate the agreement
- details of eligibility for sick leave and pay
- details of other types of paid leave e.g. maternity leave and paternity leave
- the length of any probationary period and any specific conditions
- all remuneration (not just pay) e.g. vouchers, lunch, health insurance, child care vouchers.
- the normal working hours, the days of the week the worker is required to work, and whether or not such hours or days may be variable, and if they may be how they vary or how that variation is to be determined
- details of any training entitlement given by the employer and whether any part of that training is mandatory and details of who will pay for any training;
Any contract issued by an employer after 6th April must comply with the new rules set out in the Good Work Plan. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-work-plan/good-work-plan
Holiday Pay reference periods
The reference period for calculating holiday will change. HMRC have a handy tool to calculate your holiday entitlement here https://www.gov.uk/calculate-your-holiday-entitlement
What you can do now?
It is important that your business remains legally compliant with the new changes. Read the guidance in more detail here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-work-plan/good-work-plan.