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Gig economy: Workers' rights to be strictly enforced

09 February 2018

The government has promised an overhaul of employment rights to improve conditions for millions of workers, including those in the gig economy.

The changes include stricter enforcement of holiday and sick pay rights, and higher fines for firms that breach contracts or mistreat staff.

It is a response to last year's Taylor Review into working practices.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said the measures would "address very clearly" the rights of those in insecure work.

He told the BBC that very often a worker did not have the ability to challenge or force a company to follow the law. "We will be enforcing the rights that people have and are entitled to," Mr Clark said.

He added: "We want to embrace new ways of working, and to do so we will be one of the first countries to prepare our employment rules to reflect the new challenges."

Although the government says that nearly all the recommendations of the Taylor review will be adopted, unions have said the plan will still leave 1.8 million workers without key rights.

Visit the BBC website for the full article here.

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