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Government reforms (2): Employment status – Government response to the Taylor review

What do we already know?

We updated you in our July 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Employment status – Taylor Review that the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices had been published.  The Taylor Review made detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law in respect of those who are not engaged as traditional employees, both in the “gig economy” and elsewhere.  For further detail on the background of this Review please see our updates here.

What’s new?

The Government has published its ‘Good Work‘ plan (available here) in response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The Government has decided to take forward all but one of the Taylor Review proposals.  However, many of the plans are being progressed by way of consultation and may result in increased guidance rather than legislative change.  Therefore although recent press reports suggest that the Government has announced substantive changes to employment law, in fact there are few immediate changes.

Importantly, the one Taylor Review proposal not to be taken forward is to equalise National Insurance for employees and the self-employed. Therefore National insurance contributions for the self-employed will not be increased.

Summary of the Response

Measures that have been announced include:

Four separate consultations will be published on:

We’ll continue to update you on the progress of these measures and consultations in our Newsletters so watch this space…

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