Good Work Plan changes taking effect on 6 April 2020

Changes to government’s Good Work Plan, published in December 2018, comes into effect on 6 April 2020. These include:

  • The right to a written statement of terms for:
    –   all workers (not just employees) and this should be on or before the first day of employment.
  • Additional information will now need to be included in written statements of terms for employees and workers.  This is because  you now need to include information about:
    –  the length of time a job is expected to last,
    –  what the notice period is,
    –  eligibility for sick leave and pay details,
    –  other rights to leave,
    –  any probationary period,
    –  all pay and benefits, and
    –  specific days and times of work.
  • The “Swedish derogation” in the  Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/93) has been removed.
  • A Key Information document for agency work-seekers, has been introduced. It will include the following information:
    –  about the type of contract,
    –  the minimum expected rate of pay, and
    –  how they will be paid and by whom.
  • The threshold to request workplace information and consultation arrangements under the Information and consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3426)  will be lowered from 10% to 2% of employees, subject to the existing minimum of 15 employees.
  • The increase of the reference period for determining an average week’s pay (for the purposes of calculating holiday pay) from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.