The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report dealing with employment status.

This is timely, with the so-called ‘gig economy’ coming increasingly under the spotlight.

The report recognises the difficulty employers face deciding whether the people it engages are freelancers, workers or employees. No surprises there.

As to reforms to the law, the review puts forward several suggestions. These range ranging from putting in place a legal presumption of employee status through to publishing clearer guidance on particular issues).

However, report describes most of its own options as “highly complicated”, needing a long time (many years) to implement, and capable of producing a host of problems of their own.

Read our article on how to find out whether your freelancers might actually be workers, after the City Sprint and Uber decisions


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