sonia mckay

How we can achieve universal rights for workers

07 June 2017

Sonia McKay, Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at the Working Lives Research Institute, London Metropolitan University

Universality of rights ought to be a fundamental principle in law so as to protect all workers, no matter what type of contract they have. Employers should not be able to avoid their obligations under employment law simply by defining some groups of workers in such a way so as to be excluded from employment rights.

Legislating without reason – the government’s plans for employment agencies

17 November 2014

By Sonia McKay, Professor of European Socio-Legal Studies at London Metropolitan University.

The Coalition government plans to change the law covering employment agencies, despite offering no evidence that such changes are necessary. For a government that consistently promotes de-regulation in the field of employment, proposing more regulation sends out warning signs and means that it is worth scrutinising their plans and reflecting on what their real intentions are 1
. The regulations, the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2014, which come into force next month, require employment agencies in the UK always to advertise jobs here and in English. The regulations state that employment agencies:

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