The BBC has reported the latest legal decision to affect the so-called “gig economy”. This expression refers to working arrangements between parties in which one or both of the parties try to establish that the other is a self-employed independent contractor.
It is essential in a working relationship that proper consideration is given to the status of the worker. The consequences of getting it wrong can be far-reaching and expensive! The law recognises three working status being Employee, Worker and Self-Employed Contractor.
The scope of legal protection and entitlement varies greatly between each of the three categories. It is an employee who enjoys the highest degree of employment protection rights including the right to claim unfair dismissal, receive redundancy payments and maternity protection.
A self-employed contractor enjoys the least amount of protection and is unable to bring claims of unfair dismissal etc. However, an ever-increasing amount of employment protection entitlements are attaching…
With the school year back up and running, there are many parents who are looking to return to the workplace on a flexible basis and to work around school hours.
Whilst many businesses may be unable to accommodate this type of working, more and more companies are seeing the benefit of providing flexible working arrangements to tap in to the pool of skilled and experienced parents looking to return to the workplace.
Existing staff can benefit too and whilst there is no mandatory requirement to grant flexible working, parents of children aged 16 and under (disabled children under 18) and carers…
In perhaps the most important judgment in employment law of the last fifty years, the government announced the abolition of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled them unlawful.
The surprise ruling by seven justices overturned judgments by the High Court in 2013 and the Court of Appeal in 2015. Instead, the justices unanimously backed an appeal by trade union Unison which argued that the fees were introduced unlawfully.
The immediate consequence is that the Fees Order is quashed so that as of today fees cease to be payable for claims in the employment tribunal (ET) and appeals to the EAT, and…
Regional law firm Peter Lynn and Partners are pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Simpson to their conveyancing team.
Katherine joins the law firm from Graham Evans and Partners where she spent over 10 years specialising in Residential and Commercial Property Law together with Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Katherine commented “The opportunity to join Peter Lynn and Partners came at the right time in my career and I am looking forward to working with the team”.
Sharing her time between the Mumbles branch and the head office in SA1, Katherine joins the firm at a particularly exciting time. …
Before you decide your next step, make sure you seek the right advice.
To help, we have developed a top-ten list of considerations before making your decision.
- Have you taken the appropriate tax and accounting advice? Getting this wrong at the outset can prove very costly! Accountants work with us to ensure that we get the very best structure for you, not only for the ‘now’, but also for the future.
- What is your target business actually selling? Is it selling shares as a limited company or is it selling assets? Does this fit in with what you want…
In the case study below, we look at the importance of complying with the policies and procedures provided by ACAS in a case involving an employer who utilised a private eye to investigate an allegedly disabled employee.
The employee, who had been working for his employer for 5 years, alleged that he suffered from a disability. The management did not accept the extent of the disability and suspected that the employee had engineered his medical report and may also be working for another employer so utilised covert surveillance to check him out.
Upon receipt of the report, they could not confirm…
Whether you are a micro-SME employing less than five people or a well-established, multi-site organisation employing five hundred plus, HR matters can be an issue for many business and potentially very costly.
It is with this in mind that we pose the question “HR Consultant or Employment Lawyer?” as a recent case brought this question to the fore with a very clear answer.
Whilst we are unable to identify the company in question, we are able to outline some key aspects of the case, in particular, the client’s thoughts on this question.
The client, a charitable organisation, required our services to defend…