Regular readers of our blog will be aware that the 2017 Taylor Review of Modern Employment Practices was an independent review into the issues surrounding the labour market in the UK, and that the Good Work Plan swiftly followed to record how the government intended to implement the recommendations coming from that review.
The latest statutory instrument coming out of the Good Work Plan, The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019 has been laid before Parliament. This is the government’s attempt to address the recommendation from the Taylor Review that information available to workers should be more transparent, particularly when it comes to pay.
The Regulations look to solve this particular issue by requiring that an employment business (typically known as an employment agency) provides a key information document to a person seeking work through the business before they engage their services. The document must contain key information which relates to pay, benefits and fees. It should also contain an example statement setting out the remuneration the individual can expect to receive. This document should be provided to the work-seeker separately from other documents so that the work-seeker is able to understand and consider the information fully prior to engaging with the employment business formally.
The Regulations will not come into force until 6 April 2020, so organisations have some time to make themselves aware of their responsibilities under the Regulations. We will be discussing the Good Work Plan further at our first round of breakfast seminars for 2019. Therefore, if you are interested in hearing more about this, please do attend one of our sessions. If you would like to come along, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP stating the location that you would like to attend. (Aberdeen – Tuesday, 12 March; Edinburgh – Thursday, 14 March; Milton Keynes – Wednesday, 20 March; London – Thursday, 21 March; Glasgow – Thursday, 28 March).