Initially the idea of the Taylor report was to address issues found in the “gig” economy, where staff were not employees but took on work on an as and when basis. However, in a development that surprised no-one, some of the recommendations affect all employees.
Back in the good old days when trains ran on time and kids played football in the streets, life was simple. You were either an employee or you weren’t (with the exception of casuals who did work as and when they were needed). Then for reasons that are not clear we deemed it necessary to create a new category called a “worker”. Ever since then law firms have made a decent living arguing over the minutiae of employment status.
Now in a change that could well have virtually no impact other than a corrective one, these “workers” are to be called “dependent contractors”. As far as I can see the only effect of this is that some poor soul will have to go through the whole of employment legislation and change the word “worker” to “dependent contractor”.
However, in a development that surprised no-one, some of the recommendations affect all employees and therefore all of our clients.
The main changes will be:
Meanwhile if you have people working for you who have not been given a contract of employment contact us on 0161 850 1122 and we will help you get ahead of the queue on this issue.