Monday, 10 July 2017

Minimum wage push for gig economy workers

A government review of the rapidly changing world of work is to demand a radical overhaul of employment law and new guarantees on the minimum wage.

The review is set to call for a new category of worker called a "dependent contractor".

Those workers - likely to cover riders for firms like Deliveroo and Uber - should receive benefits such as sick pay and holiday leave, it will say.

And they will be covered by some of the minimum wage requirements.

This will help clear up the present grey area between a fully employed and a self-employed person - presently called a "worker" in employment law.
The review by Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts and a former Tony Blair adviser, will outline a structure obliging firms to show that a person working for them can earn at least 1.2 times the present national living wage of £7.50 an hour for over-25s.

The companies will do that by modelling the number of tasks - or "gigs" - an average person working at an average rate can achieve.

An estimated 1.1 million people work in the gig economy.

BBC      News.

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