New report recommends public inquiry into blacklisting scandal & criminal sanctions for blacklisters

14 December 2017

A new report published by independent think tank the Institute of Employment Rights recommends a public inquiry is conducted into the blacklisting scandal, and sets out a Manifesto Against Blacklisting, proposing changes to the law, including criminal sanctions for employers operating blacklists. 

'Landmark' EU ruling: gig workers have right to claim annual leave for untaken holidays

01 December 2017

In a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) earlier this week, a window salesman misclassified as 'self employed' by his employer was awarded 13 years worth of annual leave payments.

Proposals to improve workers' rights welcome, but reform must go further still

20 November 2017

Today's publication of a draft bill from the Works and Pensions (DWP) Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee to improve workers' rights and strengthen their enforcement is welcome, but the Institute of Employment Rights says reform must go further still to adequately protect workers.

Leaked doc suggests EU seeking a CETA-style trade deal with UK

17 November 2017

A leaked document from Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier suggests that the EU will seek a trade relationship with the UK that is reminiscent of the recently signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) the bloc agreed with Canada.

Govt votes down proposal to enshrine EU workers' rights in primary legislation

17 November 2017

The government has voted down proposals to enshrine EU-derived workers' rights in primary legislation during the UK's exit from the bloc, so that any changes to employment law must face a a democratic vote in parliament rather than being made unilaterally by the Conservative Party.

CitySprint changes contracts to avoid workers' rights

16 November 2017

"Gig" employer CitySprint has changed its contracts after one of its couriers was found to be a "worker" at tribunal.

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