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Recent Employment Law News

Recent Employment Law News

You may have recently seen several news outlets reporting on a very important matter regarding a London based plumbing firm and subcontractor management. The main point of contention revolves around whether the claimant was an employed worker or a self employed subcontractor. With years of back holiday pay, sick pay and national insurance contributions at stake for the company the engagement of subcontractors is a serious matter.

This case is currently going through the Supreme Court on appeal and is awaiting a decision. This decision could set a precedent which affects many more across the UK in what's become known as the 'gig economy'. According to recent national publications the amount of people that fall into this bracket totals approximately 5 million.

With this in mind, why not take two moments to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do you ensure you use reputable and qualified subcontractors to mitigate Health & Safety liabilities?
  • How do you ensure the subcontractors adhere to your Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental practices and not tarnish your hard built reputation?
  • How do your ensure that you have clearly defined employment status to avoid issues with government bodies like HMRC?

Should any of the above questions pose a problem for you, then EL Direct are here to help.

Why not download one of our free templates that will assist you with subcontractor competence or clarification of terms and conditions

Further to that we are happy to get one of our consultants to review your current subcontractor documents FREE OF CHARGE and with no obligation. Just call the number provided below and one of our friendly staff will provide assistance.

Finally, we have recently enhanced our First For Contractors package which is currently used by over 500 successful companies. This service may be the best option for you as it is a mix of legal support and user friendly software. This enables you to pre qualify and formalise your relationship with your subcontractors ensuring compliancy.

For further information and to request a no obligation demo please click here

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If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

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