Review of employment law ordered by Theresa May

Theresa May to review existing employment law to make sure workers’ rights continue to be protected amidst new changes

Theresa May has ordered a review of our current employment law, in order to ensure that workers’ rights continue to be protected amidst new changes in the way businesses in the UK are run.

In a statement, Mrs May 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.”

Theresa May orders review of UK employment law

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Matthew Taylor, who is now head of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, has been asked by Mrs May to lead the review into the rights of those who are self-employed, on zero-hours contracts, in temporary work, or working for new business technology models, such as Uber.

As part of the review, Mr Taylor will look at our current employment law in the UK, to see whether it can handle the expanding number of non-standard employment models, some of which offer flexibility to workers but no real guarantee of work.

He said: “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.”

A number of businesses have come under attack this year for their poor treatment of staff. The UK’s number one sports retailer, Sports Direct, came under fire from politicians, after it was discovered they were paying some of their workers less than the minimum wage.

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