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Jenna Cane

SHARING ECONOMY UK REACTS TO GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE TAYLOR REVIEW

Sharing Economy UK has commented on the Government’s response to its Taylor review consultations.

Richard Laughton, Sharing Economy UK Chair and CEO of easyCar, said:

“The sharing economy – and gig economy within it – is creating a range of new ways of earning and millions of people are taking advantage of these to provide services in a way that works for them. Sharing economy businesses support both flexibility and fairness in the modern labour market and recognise that employment law must keep up with innovation and technology.

“The Good Work Plan has provided an opportunity to create an employment status framework that is fit for the 21st century. We welcome the recognition that the flexibility of ‘gig working’ helps more people engage with the economy, ensuring atypical workers can have access to employment and social security protections.”

“Changes such as the right to request a more predictable and stable contract should help platforms and their workers build clearer relationships which will be positive for all involved. However, legislation for employment status rules will be of concern as it is unlikely it will be quick enough to address emerging trends which legislators are yet to foresee.”

On day one written statement of rights to workers, Richard said:

“Details on rights such as eligibility for sick leave, pay and other types of paid leave will help provide clarity for sharing and gig economy providers who are classified as workers. Sharing economy firms welcome this change which should help businesses and individuals understand their rights.”

On naming and shaming for non-payment of tribunal awards, Richard said:

Sharing economy businesses understand the need to deter those employers who are flouting the law, and that employment tribunal awards must be paid. Naming and shaming may help in cases where there is good consumer brand awareness.”