Navigating the issue of employment status in the age of apps

Uber, the widely talked-about app that allows users to locate, request and pay for taxis through their smartphone, is increasingly subject to publicity in relation to the employment status of its drivers. The company is currently appealing a decision by the California Labor Commission that its drivers should be classed as employees and, in the UK, the GMB union has initiated legal proceedings on a similar issue. While much of the recent debate about employment status has focused on the casualisation of the workforce, for example through ‘zero-hours’ contracts, this debate concerns whether an occupation that has historically been treated fairly casually should be categorised more formally.


Paving the way for superfast broadband

With an increasing need for high-speed broadband to meet the demands of connectivity, Purvi Parekh, partner at Olswang LLP and head of its international telecoms practice, considers the legal issues surrounding the rollout of superfast broadband across the UK.


Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 – corporate aspects

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ("Act") received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and is currently due to be implemented in stages over the next 15 months.  The Act covers a wide range of matters, but of interest to all companies will be the provisions designed to enhance the trust and transparency of UK businesses and changes to the filing regime designed to improve the quality of information on the public record and reduce unnecessary red tape.

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