Employment status

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views into the latest trends into those workers with different status, including independent contractors, the self-employed and those who work under managed service companies or personal service companies under the IR35 regimes. We will also provide insights into difference between employees and workers and their employment rights.

Gig economy update – changes in the pipeline?

David Palmer

In my blog last month I predicted that 2017 would be the Year of the Worker.  February did not let us down, with the Court of Appeal giving its judgment in Pimlico Plumbers & Ors v Smith.  This judgment, and a number of other events in February, kept the issue of working status in the Read More

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Zika – what are employers obligations?

Sarah Henchoz

Bird flu, SARs, Ebola and now the Zika virus – all terrible diseases with far-reaching consequences for those affected by them. But how does the latest outbreak of the Zika virus affect you as an employer? Clearly, you owe duties of care to your employees, which include not putting them in a situation that could result Read More

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Drumming up inspiration for employment law in Spitalfields

Sheila Fahy

Whilst on a lunchtime walk in Spitalfields yesterday, I was struck by the distant sounds of drums which had a unique quality to them. Being a curious soul I set out to investigate. Now it has to be said that walking into the unusual in Spitalfields is an everyday occurrence as you are just as Read More

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Zero-hours contract reform: Zero benefit?

Louise Skinner

The Government has this week introduced legislation rendering exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts unenforceable. Any term in a zero-hours contract which prohibits the worker from doing work under a contract for a different party, or prohibits him or her from doing so without the employer’s consent, is unenforceable against the worker. On the face of Read More

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