Paul Ryman, Senior Associate in our Employment team here at Brabners spoke on the look ahead for 'gig' workers in The Independent this week as part of their gig economy feature.
The focus of the feature on how much workers earn in real-terms and accounting for work place benefits that full employment affords also drew on legal insights with Paul highlighting that in sectors like tech and e-commerce that move so quickly it is a challenge to ensure the law keeps pace.
Paul Ryman, senior associate in the employment team at commercial law firm Brabners, warns that any work the government does undertake must be future-proofed to protect workers in a rapidly changing working world. He says: “The challenge we face now is that technology is outpacing legislation. The types of businesses that are currently at the forefront of the gig economy debate did not exist five to 10 years ago and, to some extent, the law is still playing catch up. What’s needed is a more solid clarification of what ‘worker status’ means in practice.