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Flexible and casual workers to get new rights in government’s response to employment review

Deliveroo motorbike riders in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deliveroo motorbike riders in Norwich. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Workers in East Anglia who have been disadvantaged by so-called “precarious” employment are to receive a helping hand from the government.

Following the publication of Matthew Taylor’s review of modern working practices last summer, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced proposals to give more rights to flexible and gig economy workers.

The Good Work plan will include: enforcement of workers’ holiday and sick pay; a list of day-one rights for workers including holiday and sick pay entitlements; the right to a payslip for all workers, including those employed on casual or zero-hours contracts; and rights for all workers to request a more “stable” contract.

Business secretary Greg Clark said: “We want to embrace new ways of 
working, and to do so we 
will be one of the first countries to prepare our employment rules to reflect the new challenges.”

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