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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Labour MP warns that workers ‘may lose rights’ following Brexit

Mr Chuka Umunna, Labour MP, is asking the Government to make sure all rights currently dependent on EU law, stay in place after Brexit

A senior Labour MP, Mr Chuka Umunna, has warned that workers are at risk of losing some  of their employment rights following Brexit, unless the UK Government brings in new protection laws.

During the campaign, prominent backers for leaving the EU, slammed claims that leaving could mean the loss of workers’ rights.

However, the former shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, commissioned research by the House of Commons library, outlining the EU laws that preserve employment rights.

Chuka Umunna, who was chairman of the Vote Leave Watch, has written to Theresa May, stating that failing to protect workers rights would be “a betrayal of British workers”.

Mr Umunna is urging the Prime Minister to confirm that the Government will ensure that all employment rights which are currently dependent on EU law, will stay in place, by passing new legislation if needed.

He would also like a full audit of each case, where decisions from the European Court of Justice have delivered rights for British workers and a guarantee that these judgments will be kept after Brexit.

Lastly, Mr Umunna would like the Prime Minister to make clear, the UK’s complete support for the Equality Act 2010.

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