Welcome to the new modern work structure: the gig economy. Where temporary positions are prevalent, freelance work is the norm and organisations contract with individuals on a short term basis.
Since 2015, the gig economy has grown in media currency and affects thousands of individuals who carry out work on behalf of or with companies such as Uber and Deliveroo, where current UK employment law does not adequately provide for this new model of work practice.
This report considers the gig economy from an employment perspective: what it is and how it affects lawyers and their clients. Containing analysis and insight from a range of industry experts, compiled by the LexisNexis Current Awareness team, this report also looks at the case for reform and regulation.
This report includes the following topics:
- The history and the essentials of the gig economy
- Examining the gig economy
- Regulating the gig economy
- Uber for lawyers
- The future of the legal industry knows no bounds
Insight from Lexis®PSL Employment
Are the current legal definitions of employment status fit for purpose? The Law Society has suggested not and has proposed that the government conduct a wide-ranging review and re-appraisal of them.
The contents of this report certainly highlight that the employment status of those working in the ‘gig economy’, now a significant and expanding proportion of our society, is not well-defined and is a thorny issue for those advising not only affected individuals but also employers seeking to implement new working practices.
At LexisPSL Employment we aim to make it easier and less time-consuming for those advising clients against the backdrop of this uncertainty, by tracking and analysing the latest cases, such as Dewhurst v City Sprint and Uber in the gig employment context, and reflecting latest practice in our guidance notes and precedents.