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Citysprint cycle courier a worker, not a self-employed contractor

14.01.2017

Challenging employment status is very topical. It is increasingly clear that the so-called “gig” economy, which relies on people being classed as self-employed, is seen as inconsistent with current law by Employment Tribunals. There is a review of modern working practices due out in the Spring.

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Is Brexit likely to result in a bonfire of employment law and regulation?

08.01.2017

An awful lot of UK employment law comes from the EU, including discrimination rights, collective consultation obligations, transfer of undertakings regulations, family leave, working time regulations and duties to agency workers. In theory, the UK government could repeal all of this, but it is very unlikely it will do so.

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The Uber case

08.01.2017

This case has significant implications for the status of individuals working in the so-called gig economy. See our blog on the gig economy for an explanation as to what it is and how it affects employment status and tax.

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The “Gig economy” – what is it?

08.01.2017

What is the Gig economy? Well, instead of having a permanent job an individual chooses to do stints of work or “gigs”, by connecting to the public or other businesses through an IT system referred to as a “Platform”. It was brought into focus by the recent Uber employment tribunal case that decided that its drivers were workers within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act, and not self-employed.

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