Could A "Third-Way" Employment Status Save The Gig Economy?

This third way approach has gained some traction lately, with a 2015 Office of Tax Simplification Employment Status report discussing it as a possible way forward. Some have suggested that the UK already has a third status – that of the “worker”, which grants some employee benefits, such as the minimum wage and sick pay, but not all – that could be the solution. As it turns out, the British Uber drivers currently taking their employer before a tribunal are seeking worker – rather than employee – status. Aside from a third employment status, the OTS report also explores a variety of alternative solutions, such as a “statutory employment test” to reduce uncertainty and a “de minimis” amount of work (in terms of time and/or income) above which a person would automatically gain employee status.

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