Government promises overhaul of gig economy employment rights

The Government has pledged to afford workers 'day one' rights, to include holiday and sick pay entitlements, together with quadrupled tribunal fines for employers who mistreat staff and naming and shaming of those who fail to pay tribunal awards.

Sam Murray-Hinde, a Partner in the Employment team at law firm Howard Kennedy, and whose clients include retail, leisure and technology companies said: “Whilst the Good Work Plan is definitely a step in the right direction in terms of affording workers certain rights from day one, the core issue with the recent gig-economy cases was the difficulty in determining employment status.

“A consultation is to be launched, but there is no indication of the timeframes involved. In the meantime, litigation is certain to continue as businesses and individuals struggle to identify status."

Sam adds: “Further clarity will be needed regarding some of the proposals in the Good Work Plan, which go further than those in the Taylor Review. For example, all workers will be entitled to request a more stable contract. However, what that means in practice is unclear."

Sam Murray-Hinde is available for interview. She can be reached by email: or 020 3755 5519.

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