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Keep calm and embrace the gig economy

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Pimlico Plumber case gives new hope for workers’ rights in the gig economy. The case highlighted confusion regarding the rights of those who work as freelancers, short-term employees or seasonal workers in our modern economy and how businesses and individuals should operate under this new ruling.

Article by: Nicole Rogers | Published: 21 July 2018

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Gold Giggers
Print – Issue 162 | Article of the Week

Research shows 59 percent of gig workers are from professional, creative and administrative services. Whereas driving (11 percent) and delivery (nine percent) only make up a small part. So despite the focus on the likes of Uber and Deliveroo, giggers are suddenly a valuable commodity .

Article by: Luke Talbot | Published: 18 April 2018

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Your Guide to the Gig Economy

Gig economy ramifications regularly hit the headlines but how far is too far in the application of temporary and zero-hour contracts within your business? Neville Henderson, has authored a new guide which examines how future workforces may be shaped by the application of different forms of flexible working.

Article by: Neville Henderson | Published: 22 March 2018

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Gig in a poke | Print – Issue 160 | Article of the Week

The Central Arbitration Committee offers its own opinion, in relation to Deliveroo riders, and HMRC has its own systems in place. All of these entities are bound by the same law, the statutory and common law provisions of English law, so why are the results so unpredictable and uncertain?

Article by: Yvonne Gallagher | Published: 28 February 2018

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Gig economy – threats and opportunities

The gig economy has been heralded by the arrival of technology companies whose on-line platforms give access to work opportunities to individuals who are independent contractors. Typical players include Lyft and Uber – who have disrupted the traditional market offering an improved service at lower cost - much to the annoyance of taxi drivers

Article by: Simon Coops | Published: 1 February 2018

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Deliveroo tribunal: Are businesses taking workers for a ride?

The legal battle surrounding the ‘gig economy’ rages on. We’ve had an election where the party in the ascendency pledged to ban zero-hours contracts, Uber lost a landmark case which ruled against its argument that its drivers were self-employed and Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal over a similar ruling. Article by Lee Jefcott, employment partner at Brabners LLP.

Article by: Lee Jefcott | Published: 29 June 2017

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Employment developments in the gig economy

The “gig economy” is a term that is being used more and more, both in the news and in employment tribunals. Although there is no precise definition, it generally refers to arrangements where individuals are engaged by businesses on a flexible, ad hoc basis, and are paid separately for each piece of work that they carry out. Article from Liam Lane is an Associate in the employment team at Brodies LLP.

Article by: Liam Lane | Published: 14 June 2017

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“Taxi to the Old Bailey”

The ruling against Uber casts a dark shadow over the gig economy. Government inquiry and legal challenges, whether businesses will be able to use the model ethically and lawfully is fuelling argument, for and against, and it's likely to continue. Article by Clare Waller, Partner - Hewitsons,

Article by: Clare Waller | Published: 13 April 2017

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Gig model at risk

When does a self-employed plumber become a company worker? You might think you can tell by looking at the contract, but a spate of legal cases suggest it's not that simple. For those HR practitioners who find they've effectively been employing workers all along, the ramifications for their business model are considerable. Alison Weatherhead, Director at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP.

Article by: Alison Weatherhead | Published: 2 March 2017