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29 Dec 2016

Sarah Shearman, Guardian (UK)

Commentary: How the world of work & workers' rights changed in the UK in 2016

"How the world of work changed in 2016", 28 Dec 2016

It has become popular to write off 2016 as one the worst years in recent history. In the world of work there has been both progress and setbacks. With ongoing issues such as the gender pay gap, workers’ rights, automation and Brexit we can expect even more turbulence in the workplace next year...Kiran Daurka, partner at employment the law firm Leigh Day, [says] “There is a real question about what work looks like now; what are workers’ rights and how  some seem to have fallen into these huge cracks, and don’t seem to have any protection?”...In April, the “national living wage” came into effect “What is quite interesting about the government’s introduction of the national living wage is it has got businesses to look again at their business models and think how can we move towards a higher pay, higher skills, higher productivity business model,” [says Katherine Chapman, director of the Living Wage Foundation]...Brexit will also have many repercussions for employment law in the UK, with much of it influenced by EU law. [Refers to Uber, Deliveroo, CitySprint, Addison Lee, Hermes, Le Pain Quotidian, Zizzi, Majestic Wine, Lloyds TSB, National Grid, Volkswagen, and Southern Rail]