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Newsletter 429: 'False self-employment' rules go too far
by Newsletter Editor at 10:15 24/02/14 ( Shout99 Newsletter)
Sledge hammers and cracking nuts are a familiar concept to the freelancing industry, as the independent contractor often seems to be caught up in someone's else problems.
On more than one occasion, the Government has sought to protect a vulnerable sector of the work-force and the sledge-hammer has been wielded so wide that it has taken down freelancers in its wake.

IR35, originally a laudable intention to protecting vulnerable workers forced into a form of self-employment; agency workers rights, protecting those forced into self-employment.....and now the clampdown on so-called 'false self-employment'.

The intention is to protect those workers who are placed into a 'false' self-employment state via mass-marketed schemes, often without their full knowledge or understanding, and mainly for their employers' financial benefit.

But there are fears growing in the sector that the solution might go wider than the problem.

Fear of the unintended consequences of 'false self-employment' rules

Rules on false self-employment go too far

Government fails to understand complexities of onshore intermediaries

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