In 2011 the government undertook a pledge to businesses to cut red tape and simplify the law in relation to employment and human resources. Consultation with interested parties was issued generally through websites with the employment law areas concentrating on four main topics: compliance and enforcements, letting people go, managing staff, and taking people on. Contributions came from wide range of parties including the Employment Lawyers Association, Federation of Small Businesses and the Confederation of British Industry. As a response new legislation was proposed and will now be introduced from the 6th April 2012.
Stuart Atherton of Peter Lynn and Partners answers some key questions and explains how this new legislation affects employers and employees:
What is the difference between a worker and an employee and how does it affect their employment rights?
“The first thing to remember is there is a clear difference between a “worker” and an “employee”. In employment…