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Employment status – the barometer

Employment status is a key focus for many employers, with a number of Government inquiries underway and a flurry of recent case law.  The employment status conundrum is nothing new, however its application in the so called ‘gig economy’ is unknown territory.  So why is employment status so significant?  Its importance is twofold, firstly it determines what employment rights are applicable and secondly it impacts on the tax regime applicable to the individual.

DWF’s employment status audit

We understand the benefits of a flexible workforce and that resourcing your staff appropriately is not an easy task.  To overcome this challenge we can offer you the DWF employment status audit. To find out more download our DWF employment status audit information sheet

Employment rights

Our table below explains the employment rights applicable to employees, workers and the self-employed.

Employment status – What does it mean?

Tax

When looking at self-employment for tax purposes, similar, but slightly different, rules apply. There is no concept of a ‘worker’ for tax purposes; those who are ‘workers’ will usually (but not always) be accepted by the tax authorities as self-employed.

The following table sets out the tax implications of employment status.

 

Our latest blogs on employment status

Use the links below to keep up to date with the latest cases, reviews and commentary on this topic.

If you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss in relation to employment status please get in touch 

Employment Status: Uber loses appeal in the EAT

A Framework for Modern Employment the Taylor Review: bill published by select committees

Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices: Ambitious but is it achievable?

Taylor Review: Leaked report suggests radical reform for modern working practices

DWP report criticises “bogus self-employment” in gig economy

Employment status – the barometer: A round-up of the latest position

Pimlico Plumbers decision – that puts a spanner in the works!

Contractors in the public sector – reform of the intermediaries legislation (aka IR35) – key points you need to know

Tax checking service for employment status – HMRC’s guidance on IR35

 

 

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