Acas publishes guide to gig economy and employment rights

Acas publishes guide to gig economy and employment rights


Acas has today launched updated guidance to help employers understand the different types of employment arrangements that exist in the modern workplace, and the subsequent legal entitlements of their staff.

The guidance coincides with Matthew Taylor’s review on modern workplaces and reflects changes to the way in which people work, are expected to work in the future, and follows recent legal cases about employment status.

There are three main types of employment status: employee; worker; and self-employed. Employment rights for workers include basic entitlements such as the national minimum wage, holiday pay and protection against unlawful discrimination. Employees have the same rights but can receive more rights such as maternity or paternity pay, itemised pay slips and the right to request flexible working.

Acas’ new revised guidance also includes a larger focus on people who are self-employed and umbrella companies.

Stewart Gee, head of guidance at Acas, said: “We have seen changes in the way many people are working over recent years, with a heightened focus on gig economy working.

“Many businesses and their staff may not realise that a working person’s employment rights very much depends on their status. A person who is self-employed or defined as a worker is likely to have different legal rights to someone else who is considered an employee.

“We know that people find this a confusing area of the law so we have updated our advice to provide some clarity on the various different types of ways that people can work and the employment rights that they are entitled to.”

The guide also includes employment status advice, covering agency workers, apprentices, fixed-term workers, peripatetic workers (workers with no fixed work base), piece work, volunteers, work experience and internships; and zero hours contracts.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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