Employment Law Articles

Changes to agency worker rights that could affect you in 2020
marketing | 20 January 2020
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2020 will bring some important changes to UK employment law that will affect you if you work through an intermediary or employ agency workers.

Between the disruption caused by Brexit and landmark changes to IR35, you would be forgiven for missing some of these more minor employment law updates.

In this blog post, we’ll cover all of the employment law changes that are happening this year - both little and large - and explain how they could affect temporary employees and their employers.

What does self-employed plumber ruling mean?
marketing | 14 February 2017
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The Court of Appeal has ruled that a plumber, described by his employer as ‘self-employed’ should receive some of the same basic employment rights as a ‘worker’ for the company.

Brought against Pimlico Plumbers, London’s largest independent plumbing company, it is thought that the case will have implications for other companies that employ lots of self-employed workers.

A similar court battle was won by two Uber drivers last year in a landmark ruling for so-called ‘gig economy’ workers.

But some experts have warned that it is too early to make sweeping generalisations about self-employed contractors in other industries.

What this landmark Uber ruling could mean for contractors
marketing | 31 October 2016
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A landmark court ruling has found that Uber drivers are not self-employed contractors and can be classed as employees.

The employment tribunal ruled that the taxi app drivers are entitled to minimum wage and other benefits.

It was the case of the decade for employment law – pitting the popular lift hailing app company against one of Britain’s most powerful unions in a tribunal case that threatens to shatter the so-called ‘gig economy.’

The ruling isn’t just important for Uber, its drivers and its customers - it could also have more far reaching consequences for other self-employed contractors and their employers.

In this blog post we take a closer look at the case and evaluate some of the potential consequences of the ruling.

Employers Should Prepare for Good Work Plan Legislation

Buried deep in the Queen’s Speech, one of the government’s policy proposals is likely to have significant consequences for employers, workers and freelancers.

Speaking through the Queen, the Government stopped short of making firm employment law policy commitments, but it did affirm that it would “continue to deliver on the commitments set out in the Good Work Plan”.  

Following last week’s Autumn Statement the government’s position on public sector IR35 reform is clear. But Britain’s judges could block the plans if they are shown to contradict employment law.

Set to be introduced in April 2017, the public sector IR35 reforms will lead to many public sector contractors losing some of their take home pay and the changes could have some nasty unintended consequences for public services too.
 

As October kicks in, so do certain revisions inherent to the UK’s Employment Law system. We looked last month at the changes to the National Minimum Wage, so this time around Umbrella.co.uk Director Miles Grady takes us on a quick overview of other changes to be rolled out across the system.