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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

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