As we continue to face the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, gig workers face a lack of protection from the Government. In contrast, the changes coming in on 6 April and the proposed Employment Bill continue to narrow the gap between the status and rights of workers and employees. Sian Jackson, principal associate at Mills & Reeve LLP, outlines the changes and how organisations should respond.
Updated to include information on Gilham v Ministry of Justice, in which the Supreme Court considered the status of judicial officeholders for the purpose of the right to freedom of expression and whistleblowing protection.
HM Revenue and Customs has announced it will make changes to its Check Employment Status for Tax tool, which has been criticised by businesses and contractors alike for inaccuracy.
Recent decisions by major employers to bring all contractors onto payroll have ruffled feathers in the contractor community. Six months before IR35 legislation is extended to the private sector, do employers face a talent drain or can they still engage with a flexible, self-employed workforce without facing the wrath of HMRC? Jo Faragher investigates.
Campaigners have accused HM Revenue & Customs of acting in a manner "akin to climate change denial" in its defence of its Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool.
Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges for HR professionals over the next 10 years.
Updated to reflect that the right to a written statement of terms and conditions of employment has been extended to workers, from 6 April 2020.
Gig economy cases challenging employment status should be "fast-tracked" through the judicial system to ensure that exploitation of workers is tackled quickly and effectively, MP Frank Field has recommended.
An engineer who won a Supreme Court case against Pimlico Plumbers - establishing that he was a worker and not self-employed - has lost his tribunal claim for £74,000 in holiday pay.
A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment status.