Friday, 28 December 2012

False self-employment: The scandal hitting workers and taxpayers

via ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC

Guest post by Rachel Reeves (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Member of Parliament for Leeds West) and Chuka Umunna (Shadow Business Secretary and Member of Parliament for Streatham)

Bogus self-employment is a scandal that continues to undermine employment rights and hit taxpayers' pockets. There are too many cases of employees being classed as self-employed when in practice they work for a single company, meaning they can be sacked without warning, do not receive holiday or sick pay, have reduced benefit entitlements and are also denied access to employment tribunals. Often desperately searching for employment, workers are made to sign contracts with payroll companies which sign away their basic rights.

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