New “Freelance Not Free” Law

A new “Freelance Not Free” law has just been passed by New York state (pending approval or veto by the governor) which gives the following protections to freelancers working there: freelancers must be paid by the agreed date, or within 30 days of completion of the work; freelancers must receive written contracts from the businesses […]

Gig Economy Workers To Become Employees By Default

New EU rules mean that platform economy workers will be presumed to be employees of the digital platform that engages them.  This in turn will require apps and platforms to ensure that their workers receive minimum wage, paid holidays and pension rights.  Most of their workers are currently engaged as self-employed, and therefore with no […]

Legislation to “Curb or Kill” Umbrella Sector

Following a series of bad publicity and scandals, senior MPs have taken action seeking to “curb or kill” umbrella companies.  Amendments to the Finance Bill have been tabled by David Davis MP and Sir Iain Duncan-Smith MP which will be debated a voted on by parliament on Monday 24 May 2021.  If approved, the draft […]

Channel 4’s Dispatches Exposes Reality of the Gig Economy

In the last 12 months, interest in gig worker jobs including those with delivery services has increased.  Channel Four’s Dispatches programme tonight (12 April 2021) sees reporter Morland Sanders investigate the reality of gig work and its growing influence in the job market over the last 12 months. National and local lockdowns have seen many […]