UK Government Introduces the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023

UK Government Introduces the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023

Workers across the UK will be given more say over their working patterns following the introduction of new laws supported by the Department for Business and Trade.

The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act 2023 gives workers and agency workers the right to request a predictable work pattern where:

1. There is a lack of predictability in any part of their work pattern.
2. The change relates to their work pattern.

With the intention of addressing the imbalance of power between some employers and workers in atypical work, and of encouraging workers to talk openly about their working patterns with employers, the Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act introduces a right for workers to request a more predictable working pattern.

If a worker's current working pattern has unpredictable hours, start times, or if they have a fixed-term contract less than a year, they can make a formal application requesting a more predictable working pattern. Once they have made this request, their employer will be required to notify them of their decision within one month.

The new rules state that two applications may be made in a 12-month period and applications may be rejected on statutory grounds. A minimum service requirement to access the right will also be specified in regulations.

The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act will be beneficial for employers and businesses as well as employees. In cases where requests for predictable working patters are accepted, workers will have more predictable terms and conditions that are more suitable for their individual circumstances, which leads to higher job satisfaction, and thus, better staff retention.

On the 25th of October ACAS launched a consultation on a draft Code of Practice on responding to requests for predictable working patterns that will sit alongside the Act. The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act and supporting regulations are expected to come into effect in September 2024.

GS Verde Law has a team of experts across a range of legal disciplines including Employment law, so we are well-placed to help your business get ready for The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act coming into force next year.

Our expert team provides high-quality legal advice and guidance on everything from employment contracts to staff handbooks and litigations, so you can run your business more efficiently and always remain compliant.

To find out more about how GS Verde Law can help your business prepare for The Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Act, contact one of our law experts today.

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