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Court of Appeal says Uber drivers are workers

The Court of Appeal handed down its decision on 19 December 2018 in the ongoing employment status case brought against Uber by a group of London drivers. In Uber BV and others v Aslam and others, 21 drivers brought claims against Uber for the national minimum wage and paid holidays.

Contributor: Karen Plumbley-Jones | Published: 4 January 2019

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Cautious optimism over Government’s gig worker reforms 

IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has expressed cautious support for the Government’s ‘Good Work Plan’, while urging MPs not to regulate people out of self-employment against their will. Contributor Andy Chamberlain, Deputy Policy Director - IPSE’s.

Contributor: Andy Chamberlain | Published: 23 December 2018

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New rights for gig workers – a step in the right direction

With the new legislation coming into play, whilst a step in the right direction, these workers require more benefits and rights. Many of the companies using gig workers today are well known for the very flexible products and services that they give to their customers - but evidently very little of this flexibility passes down to their staff.

Contributor: Peter Briffett | Published: 19 December 2018

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In court again, Uber bids to overturn landmark ruling

Before the hearing at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, hundreds of protesters attended a demonstration organised, as the taxi-hailing app company bids to overturn a landmark ruling made in a previous employment tribunal, that could pave the way for Uber drivers in the UK to receive the national minimum wage and paid holiday.

Contributor: Kirsten Cluer | Published: 10 November 2018

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UK organisations increasingly relying on freelancers

Over a quarter (26.3 percent) of UK organisations rely on freelancers to complete core business tasks. But in more than half of UK organisations, HR departments are being cut out of the hiring process. These results come from the latest survey conducted across five European countries by the payroll & HR services provider SD Worx and Antwerp Management School.

Contributor: Hilde Haems | Published: 5 July 2018

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Gig workers missing out on benefits

There has been much press coverage about gig worker pay, conditions and benefits, but little discussion about the effects on companies. Flexible, self-employed work is nothing new but the way people find and access work is developing all the time, so this type of work is only likely to increase.

Contributor: Brett Hill | Published: 5 May 2018

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Demands for more protection for gig economy workers

Thirty-six percent YOY increase in applications & 24 percent increase in job ads within the gig economy. Businesses and employees are calling on the UK Government to provide more protection for those who work in the gig economy. In a survey of nearly 5,000 workers and over 100 businesses by leading jobs board totaljobs, 90 percent of employees and 87 percent of employers said that more regulations were needed to protect the rights of gig workers.

Contributor: David Clift | Published: 27 November 2017

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Gig workers minimum wage – the pension impact

The resolution foundation has called for certain self-employed workers, chiefly those in the gig economy, to receive the minimum wage in a submission to the Taylor enquiry into modern working practices. Nathan Long - Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 15 July 2017

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Gig economy tipped to keep growing

The gig economy may be getting a bad press in 2017 but global mobility managers are being urged to understand it better after research suggested the practice will only grow in future. From Lisa Johnson, Global Practice Leader (Consulting Services) at Crown World Mobility.

Contributor: Lisa Johnson | Published: 15 July 2017