Carers: Conditions of Employment

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Trade Unions and Workers' Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what legislative plans his Department has to address the issue of late notice shift changes and cancellations to assist working people with caring responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The issue of one-sided flexibility was considered as part of the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The Review considered a range of penalties designed to punish employers who schedule work at late notice, or offer work only to cancel it at the last minute. However, these tended to have wider implications and would be complex to administer and enforce, meaning those who required additional protection may not benefit from any changes.

However, the Government remains committed to ensuring that flexibility does not benefit the employer, at the unreasonable expense of the worker, and that flexibility is genuinely a mutually beneficial arrangement. We continue to examine these issues in implementing the Government response to the Review of Modern Working Practices.

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