The purpose of the Review was to consider the implications of new models of working on the rights of workers and the obligations of employers, and was intended to inform the Government’s industrial strategy.
The Review focuses on the so called “gig economy”, and in particular workers such as those working for UBER and Deliveroo who provide their services via apps and other digital platforms.
The Review makes a number of recommendations, the most significant of which are:
Many critics have argued the proposals do not go far enough to protect the rights of vulnerable individuals. Others state that introducing the definition of “dependent contractor” achieves nothing other than creating a headache for those who have to amend legislation.
At the moment, these are simply recommendations and proposals for the Government to consider. When asked whether the Government would be able to implement some or all of these, the Prime Minister said that she hoped the other parties would work with the Government to achieve it. It remains to be seen whether this is the case.
If you would like to discuss any issues raised in this article, we have specific employment law expertise in advising in this area. For further advice, please contact Andrew Gilchrist or a member of the Employment Team.
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