Bar rolls out shared parental leave scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 30th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by sally

‘Barristers’ chambers will be required to allow self-employed members to take up to a year’s parental leave under a policy approved by the Bar Standards Board yesterday.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 26th May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

BSB proposes change to its rules to require chambers to allow all self-employed barristers access to parental leave – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 26th, 2017 in barristers, maternity leave, news, paternity leave, self-employment by tracey

‘At its meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed to change the equality rules to enable all self-employed barristers in chambers to take parental leave, regardless of whether their spouse or partner takes parental leave.’

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 26th May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

HMRC steps up inquiry into employment status of Hermes couriers – The Guardian

‘HM Revenue & Customs has stepped up its investigation into the delivery company Hermes classifiying its couriers as self-employed, while the business has also been hit with an employment rights lawsuit from the GMB trade union.’

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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.’

Full story

The Guardian, 19th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No back-peddling – workers’ rights are gaining pace in the gig economy – Cloisters

‘Following the recent decisions of the Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers and the Employment Tribunals in Citysprint and Uber, companies in the gig economy suffered another blow yesterday with the decision in Boxer v Excel Group Services Limited. This case augments the growing number of judgments in which staff that are ostensibly self-employed are found to be “workers” in law, and hence entitled to basic rights such as holiday pay and rest breaks.’

Full story

Cloisters, 24th March 2017

Source: www.cloisters.com

Crackdown on ‘disguised self-employment’ behind increased HMRC payroll tax take, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collected an additional £705 million in tax from investigations into companies’ payroll taxes last year, almost half of which was collected from small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs), according to new figures.’

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 4th April 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

First Uber, now DX – union brings legal action over “forced self-employed” workers – Legal Futures

Posted March 9th, 2017 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment, trade unions by sally

‘DX has become the latest delivery company to face legal claims that it is taking advantage of the ‘gig economy’ by forcing workers into bogus self-employment, after the GMB union announced it was to start legal action on behalf of members working as couriers.’

Full story

Legal Futures, 8th March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Tax barrister plans to take Uber to court over alleged £20m black hole – The Guardian

‘A leading tax lawyer is planning to challenge Uber in the courts over what he alleges could be a £20m-a-year black hole in its tax payments in the UK.’

Full story

The Guardian, 21st February 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.’

Full story

Cloisters, 10th February 2017

Source: www.cloisters.com

Bar Council: shared leave plan will help women reach top – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, consultations, equality, news, parental rights, self-employment, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has backed proposals by the regulator to amend rules on shared parental leave, claiming this could encourage more women to stay at the bar.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Hermes facing legal challenge from its self-employed workers – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2017 in news, remuneration, self-employment, trade unions by sally

‘Hermes, the courier company that delivers parcels for John Lewis and Next, is facing a legal claim from workers who believe they are wrongly classed as self-employed, according to the Labour MP Frank Field.’

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Courier wins holiday pay in key tribunal ruling on gig economy – The Guardian

‘A cycle courier working for the delivery firm CitySprint has won the right to paid holidays and minimum pay in a key ruling on the gig economy.’

Full story

The Guardian, 6th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

Full press release

Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Is new employment law really necessary to protect the gig workers? – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, news, self-employment by sally

‘Significant number of the self-employed are neither enjoying the advantages of self-employment nor benefiting from the rights associated with employment.’

Full story

The Independent, 21st November 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Some Lessons from Uber – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, employment, news, self-employment, taxis, tribunals by sally

‘Anthony Korn highlights some lessons from the much publicised and controversial tribunal ruling in Aslam and Farrar v Uber BV, Uber London Ltd and Uber Britannia Ltd (case Nos 2202551/2015).’

Full story

No. 5 Chambers, 31st October 2016

Source: www.no5.com

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.’

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

Is employment law fit for the gig economy? – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2016 in employment, industrial action, news, postal service, remuneration, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Protesting Uber drivers and Deliveroo couriers are classed as self-employed, and there are questions as to whether the law adequately protects such workers.’

Full story

The Guardian, 13th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Hermes may face HMRC investigation into allegations of low pay – The Guardian

‘The government has asked tax inspectors to consider investigating allegations of low pay by self-employed couriers working for the doorstep delivery company Hermes.’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Deliveroo contracts ‘written to scare couriers from going to court over workers’ rights’ – The Independent

‘Deliveroo has outsmarted Uber by reportedly building clauses into the contracts of its couriers to prevent them from taking the company to court over worker’s rights.’

Full story

The Independent, 25th July 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Uber faces court battle with drivers over employment status – The Guardian

‘Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say that they should be recognised officially as workers at the company, as calls grow for new rights for the UK’s burgeoning army of self-employed individuals.’

Full story

The Guardian, 19th July 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk