Editor's message: The working relationship and arrangements between an individual and the organisation for whom he or she works will determine the employment status of the individual and that status is key to determining his or her entitlement to key employment rights.
Disputes about status often arise, with individuals claiming to be employees when the employer has been regarding them as workers or self-employed. Employers cannot necessarily rely on written agreements purporting to deny employment status if these do not reflect the true situation and employment tribunals and courts will look at what has been happening in practice, in the event of a claim.
Sarah Anderson, employment law editor
The general secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady warned "greedy businesses that treat workers like animals" that they have no place to hide in her speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton.
We discuss some recent gig economy employment tribunal claims and the risks faced by organisations that hire freelancers through web applications.
We provide an overview of the "gig economy", consider issues about which HR should be aware if their organisation is hiring freelancers through technology platforms, and discuss some employment tribunal cases brought by contingent workers.
The number of people saying they work on a zero hours basis in their main job has increased by 21%, and nearly a third (31%) of people on such contracts say they want more hours than they are currently given.
Sports Direct is to offer its casual retail workers the opportunity to switch from a zero hours arrangement to a permanent contract guaranteeing at least 12 hours per week.
The legal status of workers in the gig economy must be clarified so that businesses and individuals can thrive, according to a new report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.
Do you engage employees, workers or self-employed contractors? We look at the rise of the gig economy and the latest court battle to establish employment status.
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Acuity Coaching's Simon Coops feels the gig economy has been heralded by a host of emerging online platforms and HR should tap into the opportunities it offers for harnessing talent and competitive advantage.
Updated to include information on the draft code of practice on the English language requirement for public-sector workers, published on 21 July 2016.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment status.