ALMR reacts to Government employment plan
The ALMR has responded to publication of the Government’s Good Work plan and welcomed steps to address illegal use of unpaid interns but called on the Government to provide additional clarity for businesses.
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is a welcome, proactive approach from the Government in an area that many employers and employees feel passionately about. We do not want to see abuse of internships, and action to ensure that employees are paid should help increase transparency and confidence across businesses. We do, however, need to see more guidance on issues like work experience where young people, particularly those still at school, are being offered short-term placements in businesses as these can provide a valuable first taste of work.
“We want to make sure that these opportunities are still available and that businesses are fully aware of their responsibilities. We will be working with the Minister to ensure that information is readily available and communicated to the sector.”
The ALMR has also responded to the Government’s measures to address perceived deficiencies in flexible working practices.
Kate Nicholls added: “This approach from the Government will bring some peace of mind to workers looking for reassurances and will ensure that businesses that need to employ people flexibly will still have the opportunity to do so. Hospitality businesses often rely on flexible working to suit seasonal demands and in our discussions with members we have found that this suits both employers and employees.
“The Government has, however, missed an opportunity to overhaul NICs for younger workers that would benefited both workers and businesses looking to invest in staff. Scrapping NICs for under-25s would have put more money into pockets of staff members and freed-up money for businesses to invest in their teams.
“Any changes to the rate of National Living Wage or Minimum Wage for flexible workers should come as a result of appropriate consultation and assessment by the Low Pay Commission and should reflect economic circumstances and be affordable for businesses.”