The review identifies seven steps towards fair and decent work with realistic scope for development and fulfilment and includes proposals for clarifying the law governing employment status and adjusting the scope of various employment protections.
One of the report’s key recommendations is that workers for firms such as Uber and Deliveroo should be classified as dependent contractors and receive extra benefits not normally witnessed as a self-employed individual. However, it does highlight that the distinction between ‘employees’ and ‘workers’ should stay. Further to this, the review states that there should be a clear distinction made between dependent contractors and those who are legitimately self-employed, as the regulations on this currently aren’t always entirely clear and can lead to substantive disputes.
Historically, there have been three categories of employment status: