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The “gig economy” refers to a trend away from traditional employment models towards the use of freelance contractors to fulfil short-term projects or “gigs”. It is becoming increasingly prevalent with the advent of technologies that allow freelancers to bid for or otherwise engage clients on a piecemeal basis. Uber, Airbnb and Upwork are all examples of disruptive technologies that are putting clients in touch with service providers in real-time online marketplaces. These pages cover the “Uberisation” of the economy and the employment status of so-called “gig workers”.
1 Mar 2019
A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.
1 Mar 2019
The hiring of workers anywhere in the world through global freelancer platforms means that limiting immigration will not necessarily protect...
20 Feb 2019
In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...
15 Feb 2019
Emerging tech-driven business models are partly to blame for millions of people worldwide being forced to accept inadequate working conditions, according to research.
7 Feb 2019
The creation of a new worker status by courier company Hermes could prove a significant step in the evolution of gig economy workers' rights, argues Mike Hibbs from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
4 Feb 2019
Delivery firm Hermes has struck a “ground-breaking” deal with the GMB Union to give its couriers the option to receive...
22 Jan 2019
Roles involving beards, tattoos, downward dogs, artisan coffee and no doubt the odd craft beer are playing an increasingly important...
16 Jan 2019
The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...
11 Jan 2019
Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...
11 Jan 2019
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...
7 Jan 2019
The way that Deliveroo and Uber Eats engage their riders and drivers’ has come under fresh scrutiny after claims emerged...
19 Dec 2018
The Court of Appeal has upheld the ruling that Uber drivers are workers and should receive entitlements such as holiday...
14 Dec 2018
The Irish government has said it will end most zero-hour contracts in the country by summer as its Employment (Miscellaneous...
10 Dec 2018
Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers
5 Dec 2018
The High Court has held that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and cannot form a collective bargaining unit.
The Independent Workers...