The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee focuses on legal and tax issues around employment and the gig economy at the first public evidence session of its inquiry into the future world of work and rights of workers.
Tuesday 7 March 2017, Room 6, Palace of Westminster
- David Widdowson, Employment Lawyers Association
- Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office for Tax Simplification
- David Halsey, Head of Office, Office for Tax Simplification
- Hannah Reed, Senior Employment Rights Officer, TUC
- Sue Tumblety, Founder and Managing Director, HR Dept. Ltd
- Stephen Devlin, Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation
Purpose of the session
The session looks at protections for gig economy and agency workers, responsibilities for tax reporting, umbrella and personal service companies and the role of trade unions. The Committee also considers the impact of Brexit on the rights of workers and at how the legal system can be flexible enough to accommodate the use of technology while supporting those who provide goods and services.
The inquiry is focused on the rapidly changing nature of work, and the status and rights of agency workers, the self-employed and those working in the gig economy. The Committee is also looking at issues such as low-pay and poor working conditions for people working in these non-traditional employee roles.