Editorial for Newsletter #316Monday, October 20th, 2008
There is just one UK news item this week and it involves Redrow Homes, a major construction company whose name has long been associated with employment status issues. Despite efforts by “armies of lawyers” to circumvent the statutory definition of “worker”, Redrow finds itself compelled once again to pay holiday pay to skilled construction workers and incurs criticism from the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
If you don’t operate in the construction industry, don’t make the mistake of thinking that this decision does not affect you. There are “workers” in many industries – skilled contractors engaged on a permanent or semi-permanent basis but treated as self-employed – who are entitled to paid holidays and a number of other employment rights.
This week’s FAQ includes guidance on the allocation of tax codes to new employees starting on or after 7 September 2008.
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