UK: Single Worker Status Proposed by Labour Party

The Labour Party is calling for the creation of a single worker status, only excluding the truly self-employed, to increase security in employment by providing consistent rights and protections beginning on an employee’s first day worked. The proposal would increase rights for millions of workers and include access to statutory sick pay, the national minimum wage, holiday pay, paid parental leave and protection against unfair dismissal.

There are three employment classifications (employee, limb [b] worker and self-employed) under the current legislation that offer different rights and protections. The proposed single worker status would encompass employees, limb [b] workers and those misclassified as self-employed.

A single worker status would make it easier to prevent companies from intentionally misclassifying workers as self-employed for their own benefit. At the same time, some level of caution is needed, as certain flexible workers rely on their self-employed status to give them the freedom and flexibility to best pursue their work. Likewise, tax implications will need to be defined so that gig workers do not find themselves being classified as employees while still being required to pay taxes as self-employed workers – a situation that occurs for some workers today.

Takeaway: While placing more responsibility on companies to treat workers as employees, the proposed law can also benefit employers by clarifying the status of flexible workers, reducing a current source of risk. Internal counsel and a knowledgeable workforce partner can play a role in helping organizations stay informed of progress in this area and positioning for compliance if and when such legislation goes into effect.

North America

US: Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employment Regulation

US: New York City Fair Chance Act Amendments in Effect

US: California’s Prop 22 Worker Classification Law Struck Down

Canada: Pay Equity Act Aims to Close Gender Gap in the Workforce


UK: Flexible Working Model Will Not Apply to Financial Services

UK: Umbrella Company Update: New Government Proposals Amid Calls for Total Ban

EU: Whistleblower Protection Directive Laws Coming Late 2021


Australia: Surprise Ruling Strengthens Employers’ Say in Casual Worker Classifications

China: New Laws Protect the Rights of Flexible Workers

India: Companies Advised to Build Comprehensive Work-From-Home Policies

Singapore: Government Commits to Supporting Women’s Equality in the Workforce

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