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Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices

Published Monday, July 17, 2017

This briefing summarises the recent Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices and provides background and reaction to the report.

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In October 2016, the Government launched a review of modern employment practices. The review was set up to “fully understand the impact of modern working practices and how different labour markets work” and to consider the implications of new forms of work on workers’ rights and responsibilities and employers’ freedoms and obligations.  The review panel published their report on 11 July 2017, stating that the review’s ambition was that “all work in the UK economy should be fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment”.  The authors argued that the UK has “distinctive strengths [in its] existing labour market and framework of regulation”, but that “innovative forms of working are causing us to question established norms and how our current legislative framework fits with these developments”.  The report recommended “seven steps” to achieve “fair and decent” work for all, and made further recommendations for how these should be implemented. 

Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0043

Author: Emily Haves

Topics: Companies, Employment, Incomes and poverty, Pay, Regulation

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