UK exploring new rules to protect 'self-employed' workers

Feb 15 2017 12:23 PM
UK exploring new rules to protect 'self-employed' workers

Self-employed workers cost less to employers as they not only earn significantly less than regular employees but also pay less tax and national insurance. On the flip side, their low earnings also make them rely on government-sponsored tax and housing benefits, that burden the treasury. 

The UK is concerned that some employers are classifying regular employees as "self-employed" to avoid tax bills, the UK government may introduce new laws to help such workers claim rights such as pensions, minimum wage and holiday pay.

A four-member panel has been appointed to hear from such workers.

Over 900,000 UK workers are on zero-hours contracts that do not offer guaranteed hours or sick pay.

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