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The Good Work Plan: What Employers Need To Know

The Good Work Plan

The UK Government has recently implemented a range of new employment legislation, known as ‘The Good Work Plan’.

This would normally be a key time of year for employers. However, given the far-reaching consequences of COVID-19, many employers have been forced to reprioritise their efforts to focus on more immediate challenges. Despite the ongoing crisis, all employers must ensure they have the appropriate policies and procedures in place, to protect their workforce and business.

Changes to written particulars

As an employer you must now provide all employees and workers with written statements, detailing particulars, before or on their start date.

This statement will need to include the following:

  • The days of the week that they are required to work;
  • whether working hours or days may be varied and how this will be determined;
  • paid leave entitlements;
  • any other benefits not covered elsewhere in the written statement;
  • details of any probationary period;
  • details of training provided.

Agency worker entitlement

All agency workers now have a right to pay parity with comparable permanent employees after 12 weeks.

Holiday pay calculation

The UK Government has increased the holiday pay reference period for calculating an average week’s pay from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.

Further consultations are ongoing and likely to lead to further changes somewhere down the line. We can assist you in ensuring your workplace policies and procedures are compliant. Please contact Karl Thomas, Partner and Head of Employment and Dispute Resolution at Loosemores Solicitors via ThomasK@loosemores.co.uk or call 029 2080 3112.

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