One-sided flexibility: addressing unfair flexible working practices impact assessment

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Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Publisher
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Date of publication
1 August 2019
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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An issue highlighted within the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was around those in flexible forms of work, termed ‘one-sided flexibility’. This reflects the way that some employers use the flexibility on offer in the labour market, to transfer risk to, and thus exert control over workers.

As found by the Low Pay Commission, some employers exert their control to offer or cancel working hours at short notice, leading to issues around income insecurity, unpredictability and an inability for workers to exert their rights.

The Low Pay Commission have recommended Government intervention to address this imbalance of power amongst egregious employers and vulnerable workers. We are consulting on how to effectively do this.

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