The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 is due to come into effect on the 4th March 2019.
The incoming ‘miscellaneous provisions’ employment law has been heralded as delivering on the government’s commitment to strengthen rights for vulnerable workers and to increase the protection of those in precarious employment. The act introduces five key changes to an employer’s use of flexible staff.
The act provides for an amendment to the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994 which will now require employers to provide a written statement to employees outlining their basic terms of employment within five days of the commencement of their employment.
This statement must include information on “the number of hours which the employer reasonably expects the employee to work” both per day and per week.
Failure to provide such information or the provision of false or misleading information will be a criminal offence. It will be a defence for an employer to demonstrate that it exercised due diligence and took reasonable precautions to ensure compliance.
Read more in the JMB Bulletin 29 2018/2019 [Tuesday 28th February 2019]