Yet Another Government Review “Future of Work”

Despite countless previous reviews pending and an agreed ‘Good Work Plan’ awaiting implementation, yet another review into “future of work” has been commissioned by the Prime Minister.  Matt Warman MP has been to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. According to the government’s press release, […]

Queen’s Speech Omits Employment Bill – Again!

We were disappointed to see that once again the Queen’s Speech (delivered by Prince Charles) has omitted to include the long awaited employment bill that was first promised in 2019.  It should have included draft legislation enabling the government to finally start regulating the umbrella sector, something that was first muted in 2017.  Now, some […]

Employment Bill Is Unlikely To Go Ahead

There are rumours that the much anticipated Employment Bill will likely be excluded from the Queen’s speech in May 2022, as indicated by an official government source.  This is the latest development in a long line of delays and broken promises on the planned legislation that would have particularly benefited gig workers and umbrella employees. […]

Calls For Employment Bill To Be Brought Forward

Labour MP Angela Rayner has called on the government to bring forward its promised employment bill to enshrine the right to work flexibly in law post-Covid after Rishi Sunak endorsed people returning to the office as “really beneficial”. “The Chancellor seems to be the only person who doesn’t recognise the benefits that flexible working can […]

New Flexible Working Bill Presented to Parliament

Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, has proposed a new Bill to parliament that would give workers the right to flexible work. Co-sponsored by MPs from the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, SDLP and SNP parties, the Flexible Working Bill would give all workers a right to flexible working from the first day […]

Class Divide in Who Gets Flexible Working

New polling in a report published by the TUC reveals an emerging class divide as some workers opt to keep working from home whereas those who can’t work from home have little access to any forms of flexible working. The number of workers who work from home has been transformed by the pandemic. Nine out […]

Queen’s Speech Surprise

Today’s Queen’s Speech had a very surprising omission, the much anticipated employment bill did not feature at all.  As she officially reopened Parliament, the Queen’s Speech in the House of Lords highlighted 30 laws that are intended to be passed in the coming year, including some carried forward from the previous session, however no employment […]

One-sided Flexibility As Workers Receive Minimal Notice Of Their Shifts

Close to two-fifths (37%) of UK workers in full or part-time employment are given less than one week’s notice of their shifts or work patterns, according to new research conducted by the Living Wage Foundation. The research, based on a survey of over 2,000 UK adults, found that among the 59% of workers whose job […]

Calls For “Right to Disconnect” Policy for Home Workers

Two thirds of home workers in the UK want to see a new ‘Right to Disconnect’ policy in the forthcoming Employment Bill, new polling from Prospect union has found.  The polling from Opinium found that 66% of those currently working remotely would support the policy, which would require companies to negotiate with their staff and […]