Employment

The Good Work Plan

The Government has published its Good Work Plan. This sets out a number of changes to employment law designed to offer more protection for agency workers, zero-hours workers and others with atypical working arrangements. The Good Work Plan is the Government’s latest response to the recommendations made by the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices which was published in July 2017.

Private Sector Consultation on IR35 Closes

The IR35 rules, introduced in 2000, are aimed at reducing tax avoidance by contractors who provide their services via personal service companies. In broad terms, these rules seek to establish whether those classed as self-employed should actually be deemed to be employees for the purposes of paying tax. HMRC has been concerned for some time that many personal service companies who should be applying the IR35 rules do not.

Employment Tribunal Statistics Published by The Ministry of Justice

New employment tribunal statistics for the quarter April to June 2018 have recently been published by the Ministry of Justice. The number of single claims lodged during this period increased by 165% compared with the same period in 2017, and the number of multiple claims increased by 344% (we understand that this sharp increase was due to a large multiple airline claim being commenced during this period).