Following the government’s recent review of zero hour contracts, the Business Secretary has announced a review of employment status in a bid to clarify and streamline the current framework.
This will include employee, worker and self-employed status.
The aim is to create a system that is ‘fair, simple and transparent’ where both employers and employees can easily identify their rights and responsibilities to each other at the outset and not in an employment tribunal after a dispute has arisen.
As part of the review, BIS will consider how clear the current definitions are before going on to consider options for possibly extending employment rights to some groups and simplifying the current structure. While it is not yet clear what recommendations BIS will make as a result of the review, the Business Secretary indicated that additional rights may be given to casual/zero hours workers.
It is planned that recommendations will be submitted to ministers by March 2015.
You can view the press release here.