Category Archives: Employment Law and Rights

Labour proposes the creation of a single ‘worker’ status

New #ukemplaw bulletin – Labour announces policy to create a single status of ‘worker’ – https://t.co/naWdwwJ1AE — Daniel Barnett (@daniel_barnett) July 26, 2021 Keir Starmer outlines this on LabourList – here. The party has been briefing that the aim here … Continue reading

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Working with children & young people, work experience, and chaperoning

Some general notes: Bectu offers a course on working regulations and policies designed to protect the child at work. This is a City & Guilds accredited course offering a practical guide to everyone working with children in the entertainment industry. … Continue reading

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Reputation management and censorship

Businesses are able to stifle fair comment on their practices – everything ranging from employment issues through to big global ethical matters. From Open Democracy: “Stronger leadership is needed in the UK to tackle both the safety of journalists and … 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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TUC insecure work report

The TUC have published a special edition of their Jobs and Recovery monitor,and this time it’s focussed on Insecure Work [PDF]. From the exec summary… The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the reality of insecure work in the UK. Care workers, … Continue reading

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Unenforceable employment rights in film & TV

TUC have authored a guide to enforcing workplace rights here (it’s an MS Word doc that downloads instantly). There are two obvious ones in film & TV that we’d like to be considered in any updates. The 11-hour break between … Continue reading

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Raising Films

Raising Films is an organisation with a mission to support, promote and campaign for parents and carers in the UK screen sector. It calls on the UK screen sector to recognise the value of its parent and carer members and … Continue reading

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File of Four (BBC Radio 4) bullying survey details.

BBC bullying survey (as featured in the recent File on Four programme). This is a survey that was promoted by Bectu in June 2021. Details of the results are below (raw data is the property of the BBC and can … Continue reading

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Why no contracts can be an advantage in gig worker organising

Over on Brave New Europe, Robert Ovetz argues that the lack of contractual rules governing platform workers could actually be an advantage for organised gig workers, who are increasingly relying on maximum disruption of the capital accumulation process.

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Review of the BBC’s child protection and safeguarding procedures

A detailed report on this was presented by The Good Corporation to the BBC management team containing a list of recommended actions that have now been implemented. It can be seen here [pdf] – it has stuff on whistleblowing and … Continue reading

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Some wellbeing resources

My thanks to Adeel Amini of TV Mindset for sharing these resources. TV Mindset talks – wellbeing: The Science of Wellbeing – Practical Tips for Freelancers: “Stress Less” Session: Understanding Your Value in an Uncertain World: How To Deal With … Continue reading

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Can someone trading through a PSC claim employment rights from an engager?

A very interesting post on AccountingWeb. Among other cases referred to in the article, in 1994, a disgruntled individual, who was providing their services through a limited company or PSC, brought a claim for unfair dismissal. In Catamaran Cruises Ltd … Continue reading

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Statutory Sick Pay and freelance working

For the purposes of this post, I’m taking the term ‘freelance’ in its broadest form. Many people who are on either short fixed-term contracts, or non-permanent PAYE contracts tend to regard themselves as ‘freelancers’. People who are ‘self-employed’ have few … Continue reading

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UK immigration codes of practice for workers in film & TV

The home office page is useful here. Scroll down to see ‘Workers in Film & TV’. The home office tell us if ‘key personnel’ (there is a definitive list – see the home office guidance) are listed but we don’t … Continue reading

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Self-employed difficulties with tenancies.

In some cases, the self-employed are finding it almost impossible to find tenancies because of fears over irregular incomes, reports The Times [£].

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Mandatory vaccination

Useful summary of both sides to the argument here,

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Pandemic impact on women’s employment

We expected women to be hardest hit jobs wise by this crisis – but we were wrong… new deep dive into the gender impact of covid out today https://t.co/NDcTQX1Kqs pic.twitter.com/hEsWzNXefz — Torsten Bell (@TorstenBell) June 14, 2021

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Reminder: Current status of HMG is that there are no plans to change EU-consistent workers rights

“In a sign of the political problems associated with scrapping existing rules — many of them EU regulations written into the UK statute book ….. business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng finally told ITV News: “The review is no longer happening within … Continue reading

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Unions co-ordinating globally to challenge Amazon

Amazon workers from Italy to India are uniting to form a global movement that may have found Jeff Bezos’s Achilles heel.

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Upward pressures on low-pay casual wages

This, from the US. It will be interesting to see how the same thing plays out in the UK, with the added spice of Brexit and migration. In the US, one in four workers thinking of leaving their jobs, according … Continue reading

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“For most people, becoming self-employed is a bad idea.”

So said Danny Blanchflower (the economist, not the footballer) back in 2011. “…there is also little evidence that countries with higher self-employment rates are more successful on any outcome measure. The problem with self-employment is that failure rates are high … Continue reading

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Immigration and wages

In a 2017 post, Chris gives a very good tour of economic orthodoxy’s view on the question “does immigration depress wages?” (TLDR: Chris says no)

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Covid Riders to contracts

At the start of the return-to-work in the late summer of 2020 we started seeing a lot of ‘covid waiver’ clauses in contracts. These were often called things like ‘acknowledgment of risk’. They sought to absolve the production of liabilities … 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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TUC Workplace Manual (new edition) published.

Details here.

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TUC report on labour market enforcement

A May 2021 TUC report into non-compliance with labour market regulations is available here. Here’s the takeaway: “To put it bluntly, our labour market enforcement system is under-resourced. There are not enough labour market inspectors to investigate and enforce breaches … Continue reading

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The UK’s EU settlement scheme.

It is essential that any EU citizens resident in the UK know about the EU settlement scheme and its 30th June 2021 deadline. The pages on the Home Office website setting this out can be seen here.

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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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Data standards for industrial and occupational roles

SIC Codes are used to classify the activities of businesses. Standard Occupational Classifications are used by the Office for National Statistics to classify the jobs people do.

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Force Majeure

There’s a useful thread here from @davidallengreen explaining the origins and application of Force Majeure. The threadreader version is here. David has written this to comment on HMG’s speculation that they may use it in respect of the Northern Ireland … 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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In-person right-to-work checks delayed

The obligation to perform face-to-face right-to-work checks has been delayed until 21st June. 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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