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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”.
29 May 2020
While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...
20 May 2020
The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...
12 May 2020
A union that represents gig economy workers is taking legal action against the government for its alleged failure to ensure...
6 May 2020
The state of California is suing the ride-hailing technology companies Uber and Lyft for failing to provide benefits and protections...
1 May 2020
The European Court of Justice has provided some clarification around how ‘worker’ status is defined under EU law, but has...
27 Apr 2020
The IR35 rules are ’riddled with problems, unfairnesses, and unintended consequences’, according to a House of Lords committee.
22 Apr 2020
The House of Lords committee looking at the proposed extension of IR35 regulations to the private sector has written to...
30 Mar 2020
Against the background of the coronavirus crisis, the changes coming in on 6 April and the proposed Employment Bill continue to narrow the gap between the status and rights of workers and employee.
16 Mar 2020
A driver is bringing an employment status case against taxi-hailing company Bolt after he was expelled from its platform for...
6 Mar 2020
Uber drivers in France are employees and not self-employed, the country’s highest court has confirmed.
The landmark ruling, which confirms...
3 Mar 2020
Rather than run the risk of being caught out by the extension of off-payroll working rules to the private sector,...
2 Mar 2020
Health workers on statutory sick pay face difficult decision if they exhibit coronavirus symptoms, while gig economy workers also may face dilemma.
6 Feb 2020
A House of Lords select committee is to scrutinise the extension of IR35 rules to the private sector, just two...
4 Feb 2020
Research published today shows that 36% of UK employees report having a “low-quality” job.
Analysis of the Household Longitudinal Study...
29 Jan 2020
Gig workers are often “trapped” in insecure work because long hours, financial insecurity and piecemeal work mean they are often...