Landmark ruling on sub-contractor employee status

The employment status of so-called sub-contractors working in the UK could be affected by a ruling in which a sub-contractor was deemed to be an employee. At a hearing in Watford, an Employment Tribunal found that despite working through both a separate limited company wherein he billed on an hourly basis, as well as being …

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APSCo calls for TAWD exclusions

Temporary workers who earn more than three times the National Minimum Wage (NMW) should be excluded from the Temporary Agency Workers Directive (TAWD), the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has proposed. If excluded from the TAWD, which will give temporary workers equal benefits as permanent staff after 12 weeks when it takes effect, well-paid …

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BCC: Worst of recession might be over

The worst of the recession could be over, according to findings from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Economic Survey. Manufacturing fared better in Q2 than services, though in absolute terms, the manufacturing sector remains in a worse condition overall. Turnover confidence was positive for the first time since Q3 last year and it has …

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GLA conducts tax relief payroll services survey

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority is conducting a survey of its licensees to see how many are either using payroll services that offer tax savings or operating mobile workers tax relief schemes. A 3 July letter went out from the GLA to about 1,200 labour providers operating across the food manufacturing and agriculture sectors which advised …

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