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Window salesman sees chance of 13 years holiday pay


The question was whether, given that Mr King was a “worker”, was he entitled to compensation for not having received holiday pay even though he had never asked for paid annual leave. The European Court of Justice has said that he was.


Businesses operating in the gig economy may not be able to go on avoiding PAYE and payroll tax


The emergence of the gig economy, where individuals do stints of work or “gigs” on the basis that they are “self-employed” and responsible for their own tax and NI is an attractive business model because it offers flexibility to both the “gig-or” and the “gig-ee”, but it also means that the gig-or is not subject to PAYE or liable to pay 13.8% class I NICs, the “payroll tax”. This is a significant benefit over the traditional model of a business employing people.


What it means for the UK if we had to revert to WTO rules?


But what does reverting to WTO rules mean? It is spoken of as if this is an easy default position that we can adopt without any problem. This is not the case.


Brexit could cost exporters 6 billion a year in higher duties says The Guardian


If we do not reach an FTA with the EU there is likely to be significant uncertainty and disruption to trade whilst we agree WTO schedules and even then exporting businesses are likely to find that cross-border trade with the EU becomes more difficult and expensive. The Guardian newspaper has said that its analysis is that it would cost exporters an extra 6 billion a year in higher duties (The Guardian 01.03.17).


CBI publishes a report on “Making a success of Brexit”


In a clear and strong message to Government the CBI said that the European Unions place as our most important trading partner should be the cornerstone of negotiations and our trading relationship with the EU should be as comprehensive as possible as to both goods and services and, crucially, as open as possible.


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


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.


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


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.