Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and ‘dispatch’ arrangements)

Australia: Launching soon – Proposed labour hire licensing schemes around Australia

Following various parliamentary inquiries at the Federal and State level into labour hire practices, it looks as though state-based labour hire licensing schemes will very soon be a reality, with the South Australian Government recently joining Queensland1 by introducing proposed legislation for a … Continue reading

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Philippines: Compliance Check – Contracting and subcontracting

The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) introduced guidelines earlier this year on the prohibition of “labor-only” contracting (ie labour hire). These changes show the continued tightening on the use of third party labor in the Philippines. Is your … Continue reading

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UK: Queen’s Speech and Brexit developments

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 set out the government’s programme for the next two years and was inevitably dominated by Brexit-related legislation. The principal bill will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, subsequently published on 13 July 2017, … Continue reading

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Australia: Casting a Wide Net – Proposed Labour Hire Licensing Scheme in Queensland

The Queensland Parliament is currently considering significant changes to the labour hire industry by way of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill). The Bill was introduced and read for the first time on 25 May 2017 and was … Continue reading

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Australia: A not so casual decision by the Fair Work Commission – Is your modern award on the list affected by the model casual conversion clause decision?

Overview As a result of a decision handed down by the Fair Work Commission (Commission) on 5 July 2017, a model casual conversion clause will be inserted into 85 modern awards. A summary of the 300+ page decision is available … Continue reading

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UK: Gig economy- Taylor Review released

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices “Good Work” was published yesterday. It considers how technology platforms have impacted working practices and the rights of workers, and examines whether our current legislative and regulatory framework is fit for purpose. The … Continue reading

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UK: Legislation – Employment law reform proposals during the Summer 2017 General Election

The main parties' manifestos for the general election all contained numerous proposed employment law reforms, the Conservatives promising "the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history" while Labour included a 20 point "plan for security and equality … Continue reading

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UK: New Resources

The DWP has launched an employer "See Potential" toolkit to help employers retain and recruit workers from disadvantaged groups, including single parents, recovering addicts and care providers. Acas has updated its guidance on employment status. To coincide with ONS data … Continue reading

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UK: Gig economy – further rulings finding worker status

We recently reported on the tribunal ruling that Uber drivers were 'workers' entitled to statutory rights such as holiday and minimum wage (see here). That ruling is being appealed, but in the meantime there have been further decisions along similar … Continue reading

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Germany: New legislation for temporary agency workers

Effective 1 April 2017, the legislator has made several amendments to the German Act on Temporary Work (Arbeitnehmerüberlassungesetz). The changes have been awaited for quite some time now and bring several amendments and clarifications of high relevance to all companies … Continue reading

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