ELA Response to Good Work Plan: one-sided flexibility - addressing unfair flexible working practices

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The government is seeking views on the proposals made by the Low Pay Commission, to address the issue of ‘one-sided flexibility’.

This issue exists within some parts of the labour market, where employers misuse flexible working arrangements, creating an unpredictability in working hours, income insecurity and a reluctance among workers to assert basic employment rights.

This consultation seeks views on:

  • providing a right to reasonable notice of working hours
  • providing workers with compensation for shifts cancelled without reasonable notice

It also seeks views on what guidance government can provide to support employers and encourage best practice to be shared across industries.

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/good-work-plan-one-sided-fle...

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultations and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our responses. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The working party will be chaired by Eleanor Mannion​, MacRoberts LLP. The deadline for submissions to this consultation is 11 October, so volunteers will need to have availability during August and September to work on ELA’s response.

Please reply by 5pm on 6 August 2019, if you are interested in being involved.

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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