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Window salesman sees chance of 13 years holiday pay

29.11.2017

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.

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

09.03.2017

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.

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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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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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