Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and many others.
National Citizens Advice says that the Matthew Taylor review of modern employment practices includes many proposals which would help people currently at the sharp end of insecure work but says that enhanced rights and protections will require more effective enforcement.
Last year Citizens Advice helped 200,000 people with 340,000 issues relating to issues they were having at work.
Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said:
“This review is a decent first step towards a fairer jobs market.
“Tackling issues such as employment status and one way flexibility could make a huge difference to people currently struggling at the sharp end of insecure work. But to make any proposed improvements a reality the government must ensure effective enforcement.
“As it stands responsibility for enforcement is spread across a bewildering number of bodies, making it hard for people to know where to turn if they’re being treated unfairly at work.
“While the review acknowledges the need for better enforcement powers for agencies such as HMRC - we would urge the government to go further by creating a single Fair Work Authority which can clamp down on illegal business practice, making it easier for people to get the rights they’re entitled.
“Its also important that everyone is able to get redress for problems at work, capping employment tribunal fees at £50 would make sure that fees aren’t a barrier to accessing justice.”
In its submission to Matthew Taylor’s review Citizens Advice made three key recommendations: