Anticipated employment law changes in 2020

There is new legislation which is due to go live on April 6 which changes employment law, particularly with regards to the rights of intermittent and atypical workers. 

The new legislation stems from the Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices, and includes:

  • The right to a basic written contract will take effect from day 1 of employment, for workers as well as employees;
  • The period for calculating an average week's pay will increase from 12 to 52 weeks;
  • All agency workers will have the right to receive the same pay and basic employment
  • terms (with comparable employees) after 12 weeks, even those employed directly by employment agencies.

There are also proposals with no timescale for implementation yet, including:

  • A right for a zero hours contract worker to request a more stable contract after six months;
  • Legislation to clarify the employment status tests so it is clearer whether individuals are employees, workers or self-employed;
  • Increasing the period which can break continuity of employment from 1 week to 4, to make it easier for casual staff to acquire certain employment rights such as unfair dismissal;
  • Banning companies from making deductions from tips.
Trying to make sense of the vast, complicated and ever-changing area of law can be a huge challenge.

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