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Workers will receive compensation for lost shifts in Good Work Plan proposals

Workers will receive compensation for lost shifts as a part of the Government’s Good Work Plan proposals.

The Good Work Plan is a significant review of workers’ rights, which could impact millions of employees in shift work and zero-hour contracts.

The Government has drafted legislation on the Good Work Plan that involves changing and adding new employment laws to reflect the changing working practices, such as in the gig economy. The changes are set to come into effect in April 2020.

The reforms would mean that workers would be entitled to compensation from employers when shifts are cancelled at short notice, as well as putting in place a ‘reasonable’ period of notice for shifts that are allocated.

The Government is also proposing that further protection is afforded to workers that are reprimanded for not accepting shifts with little notice.

Greg Clark, Business Secretary, said: “Innovative entrepreneurs and new business models have opened up a whole new world of working patterns and opportunities, providing people with freedom to decide when and where they work that best suits them.

“It’s vital that workers’ rights keep pace with these changes, reflect the modern working environment and tackle the small number of firms that do not treat their staff fairly.

“We are the first country in the world to address modern working practices and these protections will cement the UK’s status as a world-leader in workers’ rights.”

Workers could also be given the right to change their contract to reflect the hours that they actually work, with a particular focus on the gig economy.

The Government has ordered consultation on several recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission, including concerns over one-sided flexibility in employment contracts.

Bryan Sanderson, Chair of the Low Pay Commission, said: “We are delighted to see the Government taking forward our recommendation to consult on these measures.

“Last year we looked at the data on one-sided flexibility and talked to workers and businesses across the UK. Our report, published in December, found that shift cancellations and short notice of work schedules were significant problems, especially for low-paid workers.”

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Amanda Hyam

Amanda Hyam

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I have specialised in Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation and Employment law for more than 15 years.  I understand how daunting the prospect of litigation can be and because of this I am always available to discuss concerns.

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