Taking stock of the gig economy: lessons for technology companies – Panopticon

Posted January 4th, 2018 in employment, flexible working, news, self-employment by sally

‘A combination of high profile cases and policy announcements about the so-called “gig economy” has a particular resonance for technology companies. Technological change has transformed the labour market, which has given added urgency to finding better solutions to three much older problems:

– How should we best draw the line between the independent contractors, workers and employees?
– Should the self-employed and employees be taxed differently?
– How should personal service companies be treated for tax purposes?’

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Panopticon, 2nd January 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Gig economy reform – how to balance innovation and the protection of workers – Technology Law Update

Posted November 27th, 2017 in bills, employment, flexible working, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘The position of workers in the gig economy, those on zero hours contracts and agency workers has been the focus of political attention recently. While these models provide valuable flexibility to businesses, especially those using innovative technology like using an app or a website to hire someone for a particular task, they can leave individuals with insecure incomes and future prospects, and unprotected from exploitative companies. They can also leave the most responsible businesses at a disadvantage.’

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Technology Law Update, 23rd November 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Flexible Court Hours pilot: Bar Chair’s reply to Lord Justice Fulford – The Bar Council

Posted August 10th, 2017 in barristers, courts, flexible working, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘In a reply to Lord Justice Fulford, Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar, has expressed continued concern with plans for Flexible Operating Court Hours pilots.’

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The Bar Council, 7th August 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Chair: Time to admit flexible court hours is a bad idea – The Bar Council

‘Two things are on a collision course. The first is Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s (HMTCS) plan that courts operate on a shift system – so called “Flexible Operating Hours”.The second is the determination of the legal profession and many within the judiciary to do whatever it takes to retain talented women at the Bar so that the senior Bar and the judiciary at all levels exhibit a stronger representation of women.’

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The Bar Council, 12th July 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Matthew Taylor report: Government should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees – The Independent

‘Government officials should look at reducing the cost of employment tribunal fees, according to Matthew Taylor, who today publishes a long-awaited review into employment rights of workers in the gig economy.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK minimum wage law ‘should cover more self-employed workers’ – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2017 in flexible working, minimum wage, news, reports, self-employment by sally

‘The government should step in to help those suffering from extreme low pay by extending minimum wage legislation so that it covers minicab drivers and other parts of the 4.8 million-strong self-employed workforce, a thinktank has urged.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Uber granted right to appeal against ruling on UK drivers’ rights – The Guardian

‘Uber has been granted the right to appeal against last year’s landmark ruling that its UK minicab drivers should be treated as employed workers with rights to the minimum wage and sick pay.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Plumbing the depths of employment status as the gig economy gathers steam – Cloisters

‘Akua Reindorf analyses Pimlico Plumbers v Smith in the Court of Appeal and provides a round-up of employment status reports and inquiries.’

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Cloisters, 10th February 2017

Source: www.cloisters.com

Equal pay is still far-off for Britain, where the gender gap narrows at a glacial pace – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2016 in equal pay, flexible working, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘New disclosure rules and more free childcare are to be welcomed, but the government must do more to ensure women earn the same as men.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Uber drivers: legal documentation has little impact on relationship between worker and engager, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 1st, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, flexible working, news, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Much has been made of the new flexibilities the so-called ‘gig economy’ offers to businesses and workers. However, whether these flexibilities truly exist will depend on the actual relationship between the parties, as last week’s decision against Uber shows.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Zero-hours contracts used far beyond short-term work, research says – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2016 in contract of employment, employment, flexible working, news by tracey

‘More than two-thirds of zero-hours workers aged over 25 have been with the same employer for more than a year, highlighting concerns that the insecure arrangements have become a permanent feature of working life for thousands of people.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

Posted August 2nd, 2016 in barristers, equality, flexible working, press releases, rent, women by tracey

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 1st August 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Chambers urged to shape up on diversity as discrimination claims rise – Legal Futures

‘Chambers are seeing more grievances over discriminatory treatment by both employees and members, according to solicitors who advise them on dealing with their equality and diversity obligations.’

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Legal Futures, 1st August 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Fifth of women harassed at work over pregnancy or flexible hours, report finds – The Guardian

‘Three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination at work and one in nine lose their job as a result, government-commissioned research has found.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ageing population will change demand for legal services, says 2025 report – Legal Futures

‘Britain’s changing demographics will mean a huge shift in demand for legal services, towards managing the wealth and lives of the growing proportion of elderly people in the population, according to a study forecasting legal needs in 2025.’

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Legal Futures, 14th March 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

2014 Update: Focusing on Legal Status, Disability and Flexible Working – Cloisters

‘Once employment protection was focused upon conventional patterns of work – open-ended, regular full-time jobs with a single employer. Our norms have now moved on. Recent developments reflect this. It has never been more important to pinpoint the underlying prerequisites for the existence of a contract of employment.’

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Cloisters, 20th November 2014

Source: www.cloisters.com

George v Ministry of Justice – WLR Daily

George v Ministry of Justice [2013] EWCA Civ 324; [2013] WLR (D) 144

“A provision in a collective agreement allowing for time off in lieu within a specified period where a prison officer was requested to work extra hours was not contractual.”

WLR Daily, 17th April 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Family Rights at Work – Cloisters

Posted February 15th, 2013 in employment, families, flexible working, maternity leave, news, paternity leave by sally

“The Government has published its response to the ‘Modern Workplaces’ consultation on the overhaul of family rights at work, including shared parental leave, extended flexible working and new rights for surrogate parents. Rachel Crasnow explains the issues.”

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Cloisters, 17th January 2013

Source: www.cloisters.com

Why government reforms on employment law make little sense – Law Society’s Gazette

“There were some statistics that private equity pioneer Adrian Beecroft did not include in his highly controversial report on employment law published last year. The number of claims brought by employees in employment tribunals fell from 236,000 in 2009-10 to 186,000 in 2011-12. The number of claims for both sex and age discrimination has almost halved. And the median award for most types of claim remains low, at around £5,000 (two months’ average pay). Given that these figures relate to a period of acute economic turbulence, they are counterintuitive.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th January 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk