Changes to employment law and the Good Work Plan

In April 2020, the Good Work Plan and other updates to employment law changed how employers provide employment details to new staff, calculate holiday pay and grant parental bereavement leave.

Last reviewed on 8 June 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. What is the Good Work Plan? 
  2. Provide a written statement by the first day of employment  
  3. Review how you calculate holiday pay for staff with irregular hours
  4. Understand who's eligible for parental bereavement leave and pay
  5. If in doubt, seek HR or legal advice

Throughout this article we refer to employees and workersTechnically all employees are workers, but not all workers are employees. Employees work under an employment contract, while workers' employment tends to be more casual, and under a contract to provide work or services.

What is the Good Work Plan? 

The Good Work Plan is a government policy that aims to improve workers' rights.

The plan introduced changes to employment law. These changes had to be implemented by employers before 6 April 2020.

Who's the employer in my school?

School type Employer
Voluntary-aided schools, foundation schools and foundation special schools  Governing board
Voluntary-controlled schools, community schools, community special schools, maintained nursery schools and PRUs Local authority
Academies and free schools  Academy trust
Independent schools School proprietor or governing board

Provide a written statement by the first day of employment  

Previously, this