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Why Taylor’s vital report must not go to waste

Lindsey Knowles considers the key recommendations of the Taylor Review

31 July 2017

After months of waiting, the Taylor Review – the independent report into how employment practices should be aligned with modern business models – has finally been published.

Carried out by Royal Society of Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor, the work makes for interesting reading on how to tackle the disparities between companies’ requirements in the modern age and the employment laws designed to protect the workers that serve them.

It has long been realised by employment law solicitors that the growing trend of “gig economy” working is not properly catered for under employment law. The wider public, too, became aware of the issue last year when a group of Uber drivers successfully brought legal action against the private hire firm to establish rights to a minimum wage, holiday pay, and breaks.

Yet despite...

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