Category Archives: Employment intermediaries

Ban Umbrella Companies?

The TUC is calling for a ban on Umbrella Companies [pdf]. The document under that link also outlines what they define as an Umbrella Company – I’ll be reading this in some detail as I think there may be some … Continue reading

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Lord John Hendy QC – The Status of Workers Bill.

Lord Hendy’s bill The Status of Workers Bill was introduced to the House of Lords on the 26th May 2021. It is… “A Bill to make provision for the creation of a single status for workers by amending the meaning … Continue reading

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Gig economy growth in the finance sector?

Gig economy workers to nab 20 per cent of financial services jobs In the next three to five years so-called ‘gig workers’ will become increasingly common at #finserv firms, more than half of #financialservices firms have said https://t.co/WinX4xeG9v #gigeconomy #gigeconomy … Continue reading

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Uber recognition deal with the GMB

A minor bombshell, GMB and Uber have agreed a recognition deal. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said the agreement would give Uber drivers “a real voice at work”.

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Taxed twice? Workers’ fears of addressing complex employent relationships

Just a quick personal observation based on advising members, but also helping family members with personal employment issues… I think everyone overestimates the degree to which workers are actually the robust rational actors that some policy-makers think they are.

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Employment Agency or Employment Business?

A useful explainer from Net Lawman: An employment agency is one that provides staff who is then employed by the client employer. An employment business on the other hand, provides staffs who do not become employed by the hirer but … Continue reading

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Britain’s ghost companies – BBC Radio 4 programme.

Very interesting BBC Radio 4 programme on the abuse of complex employment intermediaries. The File on Four team, Anna Meisel and Angus Crawford, have written this up here.

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Loan scheme – HMRC embarrassment

The Guardian is reporting that HMRC are facing criticism when it was revealed that contractors who worked for them had been using so-called “disguised remuneration” tax avoidance strategies that involved being paid using loans instead of salaries, thereby sidestepping the … Continue reading

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Understanding complex intermediary arrangements.

A question: How many ‘contingent’ workers who are employed through a complex set of intermediaries understand the arrangements that they are working through?   Just to help myself understand this, and to kick start a conversation about it a while … Continue reading

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Umbrella Companies (and other complex intermediaries)

There have been calls, particularly from the education unions, to have some kind of licencing scheme to make sure that ‘Umbrella’ companies (and other intermediaries that sit between a worker and an employer) to be properly regulated. Some unions are … Continue reading

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