Deciphering the false self-employment legislation for contractors

The false self-employment (Onshore Employment Intermediaries) legislation, which came into effect on 6th April 2014, is still causing confusion for Contractors - there have been no tribunal or court cases about it yet, so we don’t know how HMRC’s legislation will be interpreted. However, some light was shed on understanding the legislation by a first-tier tribunal in June. Here’s...

Is obesity a disability?

When considering if a worker is disabled or not – for the purposes of being covered by the Equality Act 2010 - employers must consider the impact of any physical or mental impairment on the worker’s “ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. If the answer is ‘yes’ to the following points then a worker is likely to...

Deciphering your legal status and IR35

Many new freelancers and contractors may be vaguely aware of IR35, but not know when and where it applies. Before getting too intimate with the ins and outs of the IR35 legislation, the first step is to know if IR35 is even relevant to your situation. We give you more details about IR35 at the...

All employees could soon benefit from flexible working

On 30th June 2014 the right to request flexible working will be extended to any employee who has worked for their employer for 26 continuous weeks. The previous laws Before this date, only certain employees had the legal right to request flexible working hours. These were: Employees with children under the age of seventeen Employees with...

Why the Best Roadmap to an Interesting Life is the One You Make Up as You Go Along: Daniel Pink’s Commencement Address

“Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less PLANNING and more LIVING — to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just DO stuff.” On the heels of Shonda Rhimes’s spectacular 2014 Dartmouth commencement address comes another wonderful addition to the greatest...

Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline and How We Can Learn to Stop Letting Others Define Us

“What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.” “Discipline,” the late and great Massimo Vignelli wrote, “is the attitude that helps us discern right from wrong… Discipline is what makes us responsible toward ourselves...

Shonda Rhimes on Dreaming vs. Doing, the Tradeoffs of Success, and the Blinders of Entitlement

“You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.” By far the finest 2014 addition to the greatest commencement addresses of all time comes from Dartmouth University and Golden Globe-winning television writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, creator of some of the most acclaimed scripted dramas of...

Continuous Deployment

At Envato Studio we have to ensure we’re always moving fast. It helps us support our community of service providers and continually optimise their opportunity to earn online. To do that we use the agile software development principles, ensuring we are able to react quickly and make the changes we need with a minimum of...

Changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 supports the reformed offenders entering the workplace.  Following a specified period of time – which varies according to the sentence – an offender’s cautions and convictions become ‘spent’ and the offender is regarded as rehabilitated. This means the Act treats a rehabilitated person as if he or she had...

Latest Employment Tribunal News

Several changes have been made to the Employment Tribunal proceedings in England, Wales and Scotland over the past two years. Further changes will also come into effect in the near future. Changes to date: Since 29th July 2013 claimants have needed to pay to lodge a claim at a tribunal and pay another fee to...

Letters to a Young Artist: Anna Deavere Smith on Confidence and What Self-Esteem Really Means

“Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.” “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,” Joan Didion wrote in her timeless meditation on self-respect. But how can character be cultivated in such a way as...