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Pimlico Plumbers and the ‘self employed’ worker

Employment status is clearly going to be this year’s hottest employment law issue. Just last week the Government published its Employment Status Review. It is dated December 2015 so it has been sitting on someone’s desk for over a year. … Continue reading

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The Range of Reasonable Responses Podcast

So I thought I’d give podcasting a try. Since talking about employment law is essentially what I do it seems to make sense to do  things where I talk rather than write – and I thought it would be a good … Continue reading

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Why Uber lost in the Employment Tribunal

  Uber drivers are not employees and don’t let anyone tell you different. On the other hand,  in Aslam & others v Uber BV and others the Tribunal did hold that they were ‘workers’. Being a worker is different from being an employee. … Continue reading

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Deliveroo, the ‘gig’ economy and employment rights

Can it really be that Deliveroo has a clause in its couriers’ contracts forbidding them from challenging their status in the Employment Tribunal? It seems that part of the agreement that a courier signs provides: “You further warrant that neither you … Continue reading

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New Zealand bans zero hours contracts? Not exactly….

So New Zealand has banned zero-hours contracts. As Jeremy Corbyn says… Zero-hour contracts have been banned in New Zealand – look what's possible when you put your mind to it https://t.co/gfAI44Pb96 — Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) March 11, 2016 Obviously … Continue reading

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The UK never had an opt-out from the Working Time Directive

We really didn’t. It seems that David Cameron is going to insist on reclaiming the UK’s opt out from employment law as part of his renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s membership. It’s not clear whether the claims are genuine or … Continue reading

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Unfair Dismissal: What’s it worth?

I remember the days when the compensation limits for unfair dismissal were nice round numbers. The compensatory award was set by Government as £8,000 (a while ago), £10,000 or £12,000. Then New Labour increased the limit to £50,000 and provided … Continue reading

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