Workers could be compensated for cancelled shifts

The Government has announced new plans that could see those on zero-hour contracts or workers on flexible contracts compensated if they have their shifts cancelled at short notice.

The proposal comes as part of a package of measures which are designed to improve the rights of low-paid flexible workers in the UK under the government’s ‘Good Work Plan’ initiative.

According to recent figures by the Trades Union Congress, the “gig economy” has doubled in size over the past three years and now accounts for 4.7 million workers, thanks largely to digital platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said that one in six low-paid workers on flexible hours receive no more than a day’s notice of a cancelled shift.

On top of that around 40 per cent of UK workers claim that their hours varied from week to week with 1.7 million concerned about their hours changing unexpectedly.

The new proposals would allow for workers to receive the full value of the shift cancelled or three times the hourly minimum wage for each hour cancelled.

With the change of Prime Minster, it is unsure how many of the ‘Good Work Plan’ will be brought into law. Hethertons Bulletins and Blogs will keep you up-to-date with any new employments law initiatives.

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