Clarity and transparency key to workers’ rights implementation
17 December 2018
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has challenged the Government to issue clear and transparent guidance to support businesses and employees regarding new workers’ rights.
The Government has today published a wide range of measures designed to transform workers’ rights. These include a further response to the Taylor Review, a response to the Director of Labour Market Enforcement’s annual report, a consultation on the National Minimum Wage regulations and the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission on flexibility of working.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “These measures strike a balance between protecting workers’ rights and ensuring the highly-valued flexibility that exists in the UK. As ever, we need to see clear and unambiguous guidance from the Government to support businesses and ensure there are no accidental breaches to any new measures. The Government must also recognise that new measures will increase bureaucracy for businesses.
“Moves to amend the National Minimum Wage Regulations will do much to avoid accidental breaches and help employers supporting their employees through salary sacrifice schemes. We are also pleased to see our recommendations to the LPC have been heeded and a supplementary wage for non-contracted hours has not been taken forward. The Government’s package contains some pragmatic measures, but we are still concerned about plans to tackle ‘one-sided flexibility’ in the workplace. It is vital that guidance is clear so as to not undermine employer-employee relations regarding flexible working.”
Notes to editors
- UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
- UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
- The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
- For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
- Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
- The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
- Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
· Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
· Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.