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News - 8 October 2014

Government launches employment rights review


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have said that up to one million workers are not fully aware of their employment status and their rights. “Many employers are also unsure what rights their workforce is entitled to, running the risk of legal challenge if they get something wrong,” a spokesperson said.

Lavinia Newman, Founder of ABDS and a qualified Mediator comments:
“The recent review of zero hours contracts had found that an increasing number of people were on “worker” employment contracts carrying fewer basic rights than “employee” contracts. In conjunction with this, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has announced plans to simplify national minimum wage law and to boost the minimum wage for apprentices.”

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) launched a review of employment status in July, noting that the boundary between employment and self-employment had not kept pace with changing work patterns.

The OTS said its reviews of small business taxation and tax reliefs had highlighted the distinction between employment and self-employment as “a major fault line and source of complexity” in the tax system. The government had asked the OTS to examine the dividing line and “whether it is drawn in the right place and in the right way”, and to report in time for Budget 2015.

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