No employment rights for unemployed people
Amidst all the concerns about the effect the Autumn Statement will have on benefit claimants there is a risk that the implications for unemployed people of another announcement may pass unnoticed. Janet has just pointed out that hardly anyone supported the government’s “rights for shares” plans, but they’re still pressing ahead.
The government’s repeated justification for this is “the new status is voluntary“.
Except for one group: unemployed people. People on Jobseeker’s Allowance who turn down ’employee owner status’ jobs will lose some or all of their benefits. The BIS document setting out the government’s response to the consultation on these proposals makes this plain:
12.5 The Government wants to help unemployed people move into work as quickly as possible and JSA claimants are normally required to accept reasonable offers of work. If they do not, there can be a sanction if the jobseeker does not have good reason – and what constitutes good reason is considered on a case by case basis.
12.6 A concern was raised during the consultation that jobseekers would be adversely affected by this new status. The existing rules and decision making process on eligibility would apply, and the case by case approach may be the best way forward for this new status, but we will consider further as the law is finalised.
Unemployed people, it seems won’t be allowed to hang on to their rights.