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Taylor Review: The work starts now

David Widdowson discusses the recommendations of the report on modern employment practice and whether this will be enough to bring UK regulations up to date with the gig economy

8 August 2017

The eagerly awaited report by Matthew Taylor into modern working practices was published on 11 July 2017.

Commissioned by the government last October, the review had as its objective reviewing the changing world of employment and making recommendations for such reforms as it perceived were necessary to promote opportunities for a flexible labour market but at the same time guard against exploitation.

The report – entitled “Good Work” – starts with the premise that work should be “fair and decent with realistic scope for development and fulfilment”. At the same time, achieving this objective should not stand in the way of investment and innovation.

A large part of the report is taken up with the issue of employment status and the various rights which flow from t...

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