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Wednesday, 15 April 2020

How does the Good Work Plan affect your Care Home?

The government has made changes to the Good Work Plan that came into effect on Monday 6th April 2020. New legislation aims to provide more protection for employees with flexible working arrangements, classed as ‘workers’. We’ve summarised everything your business needs to know below.

What is the Good Work Plan?

After a review of the UK’s modern working practices in 2017, a number of recommendations were made to the government. These recommendations form the basis of the ‘Good Work Plan’ and outline the changes being made to bring employee’s rights and employee law up to a modern standard. 

What has changed?

Terms and conditions of employment

Employers must provide the terms and conditions of employment on day 1 for both employees AND workers. Within these terms, the employer must also include how long the job is expected to last, the hours and days their new joiner is expected to work, and whether these hours will vary. Employers must also outline eligibility for paid leave, family leave, sick leave and Statutory Sick Pay. Alongside this, the organisation must state the notice required from employee and employer, details of any probationary period, remuneration, training entitlements and employee benefits.

Holiday pay entitlement

Companies are now required to calculate a worker’s holiday pay entitlement by averaging out their pay over the past 52 weeks. For workers with less than 52 weeks at the organisation, this reference period changes to the total number of weeks they’ve been employed at the organisation.

ENS is a leading Health and Social Care recruiter for staff across the public and private sectors. Our dedicated consultants have access to a large database of fully vetted, trained and experienced candidates throughout the UK. If you need help with your Health and Social Care Recruitment, get in touch today. Call 01702 353100 or email info@ensgroup.co.uk.

Sources

https://croner.co.uk/resources/employment-law/good-work-plan/#c3

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay--2#the-52-week-holiday-pay-reference-period-and-what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-52-weeks-of-pay-data-to-use

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