Harsher penalties for breaching employment rights

The Good Work Plan – the government’s response to the Taylor Review of the UK employment framework – promised better protections of workers’ rights. In the modern workplace shifts in technology and society have blurred the lines between employment and self-employment, stripping some workers of rights that they should retain – like entitlements to holiday pay and the minimum wage.

Tougher penalties for aggravated breaches of employment rights came into force on 6th April under The Employment Rights (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019. They rise considerably from £5,000 to £20,000. These are payable to the government rather than the worker and, where a separate award is payable to the worker, the maximum penalty to the government rises again to £40,000.

And to put a further change on your radar, this time to be introduced in April 2020, all workers will have the right to receive a written statement of the particulars of their employment. At present, it’s only employees that must be supplied with this.

The HR Dept can provide advice to ensure you designate your staff correctly as employed, self-employed or workers and give them the corresponding rights. With these new penalties in place, it’s more important than ever to get this right.

For more information, contact Mel Wigley at The HR Dept: Mel.Wigley@hrdept.co.uk.