19 June 2018

  |  CBI Updates Team

Update

CBI's response to the government's consultation on the Taylor review

In its response to BEIS proposals to change employment practices the CBI stressed that the flexible labour market has delivered for the UK and that good work can be both flexible and fair if it is underpinned by transparency and effective enforcement mechanisms.

CBI's response to the government's consultation on the Taylor review

BEIS has launched its consultations on transparency, enforcement, agency work and employment status in response to the Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy led by Matthew Taylor and published in 2017.

It considers the implications of new forms of work on workers rights and responsibilities, employer freedoms and obligations as well as the existing regulatory framework.

In its written submission to the consultation on employment status, the CBI said that the worker status is the bedrock of the flexible labour market and delivers as intended, calling on the government to:

  • Retain the worker status as part of the existing three-tier employment status framework, and to not codify employment status case law as this would create new uncertainties and make the law less effective in the long-term.
  • Maintain the status test in its current form as well as the principles used to determine status.

In its written submission to the consultation on transparency, enforcement and agency workers the CBI stressed that evidence-based debates and solutions are needed instead of demonising different forms of working for ideological reasons and called on the government to:

  • Increase transparency through new requirements to provide basic information to workers and through fair and consistent application of rules.
  • Take steps to make Employment Tribunals more effective and less legalistic.
  • Ensure that additional proactive enforcement is well-targeted.