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Against the odds

The Taylor Review recommendations are the opportunity for the government to demonstrate it can secure high levels of protection for UK workers. Jean-Yves Gilg reports

19 July 2017

Commissioned in November 2016, the Taylor Review has been 20 months in the making. Its 115-page report, called ‘Good Work’, was published last week. Written in a very readable style, it proposes wide-ranging changes to employment law and practice in the UK.

The proposals by Royal Society of Arts chief executive Matthew Taylor and his team are aimed primarily at ensuring that Britain keeps pace with the gig economy, but a significant fringe benefit would be to bring the self-employed, whether high-earning consultants or casual independent workers, firmly within the country’s tax and national insurance system.

Underlying the proposals is the recognition that when it comes to enforcing workers’ rights, employment tribunal applicants often face an uphill struggle. ‘From the decision to take action against your employer to winning or losing the case ...

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