Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill receives Royal Assent

Posted on November 15th, 2023

The Bill, which received Royal Assent in September, represents an important development in employment legislation. However, it is important to note that it may not come into force until later on in 2024.

The key provision of this new Act is the empowerment of workers with atypical contracts, because it grants them the statutory right to request a predictable working pattern. It is important to note though, that this right only enables workers to make a request for a predictable working pattern; it does not guarantee an automatic right to a change.

New code of practice

The government has also requested that Acas draft a new statutory code of practice. This code is expected to provide a guide to support both workers and businesses in understanding the new legislation, as well as the correct process to follow. A public consultation on the draft code of practice was launched on 25 October and can be found on the Acas website.

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