Commenting on the announcement, Ben Willmott, head of public policy for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: 

“Ensuring that workers are more aware of their rights, and making businesses more accountable for upholding these, will help to create fairer workplaces which benefit everyone. 

“We welcome this commitment from Government to ensure that UK employees benefit from the highest standard of employment rights and protections. CIPD research has shown that employers are largely supportive of the existing workers’ rights framework, recognising that it strikes the right balance between worker protections and businesses need for flexibility. It’s vital that the existing rights framework isn’t watered down after the UK leaves the European Union. We welcome the Government’s commitment to work with businesses and on shaping future policy on workers’ rights. 

“However, the challenge isn’t just about introducing new protections. Better, more joined-up enforcement is crucial to upholding workers’ rights, so we welcome the proposal to create a single enforcement body to protect vulnerable and agency workers.”

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