The key takeaway from this report is that companies should have a greater legal responsibility for the people who do work for them.
We put forward a set of recommendations that will make it easier for workers to enforce their workplace rights. Our recommendations focus on:
There is large scale noncompliance with basic employment rights in the UK labour market.
Up to 580,000 workers are being paid below National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. At least 2 million workers do not receive legal minimum paid holiday entitlements, missing out on £1.6bn in paid holiday per year. Existing enforcement mechanisms are clearly failing many workers.
This report looks at how they should be strengthened, particularly in a climate where organisations are proactively taking steps to transfer their employment law and tax obligations to other parties.
Organisations are using a range of strategies to transfer accountability to other parties. This leads to them having little responsibility for the people who do work for them. These include:
In this report, we highlight how these strategies operate across a range of sectors, eroding the accountability that an organisation has to its workforce. This fragmentation of the labour market makes it more difficult for workers to enforce their employment rights. We’ll demonstrate the negative impact on workers, including: