New laws to protect low-paid workers, delayed by Government

New laws to protect low-paid workers, delayed by Government

MPs have accused the Government of being too slow in its efforts to protect the low-paid from exploitation.

The claims were made by the chairs of the work and pensions select committee and the business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) committee, as they called upon the Government to set new laws in place protecting workers, and to do so with some urgency.

This followed the Government’s announcement that further consultation would be required before new rules covering zero-hour workers and written employment status could be brought in. That in itself was a response to draft legislation from November 2017 included in a report by the two committees – the purpose of which was to put an end to loopholes in employment law that allowed unscrupulous companies to underpay their workers.

The MP chairing the business, energy and industrial strategy committee, Rachel Reeves, said: “People in the everyday economy, from delivery drivers and warehouse workers to carers and retail staff, too often find themselves subject to levels of control and injustice from businesses who reap the benefits of this ultra-flexible business model without taking proper responsibility as employers.

“The Government’s response to our committees’ work and the Taylor review is far too slow and ministers need to turn words into action and bring forward legislation urgently to make these changes, or throw their support behind the draft bill that our committees have proposed.”