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Workshop will offer employers help to avoid gig economy pitfalls

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Businesses across the Midlands are being offered help to avoid being fined for wrongly classifying staff when employing casual or gig economy workers.

Law firm mfg Solicitors has warned businesses they need to be abreast of the latest regulations concerning a growing number of casual workers, who have many of the same rights as employees.

To help businesses, the firm is set to host a workshop at their office in Kidderminster on 22 November, where businesses can get to grips with the issue. The session will include advice on the difference between typical employees, casual workers and the gig economy.

It will also run through how to handle the flexible working process, homeworking and part time workers.

Sally Morris, partner and head of employment at mfg Solicitors, said: “The business world has moved very quickly in the past few years both with the rise of the gig economy and calls for casual workers to be better protected.

“Businesses cannot afford not to keep up to date with the new rules. Employers using casual and gig economy workers have to make sure they are correctly classifying them when it comes to pay and conditions or they risk large fines.

“The courts look at a whole range of factors, such as any agreements that have been made and whether there is any obligation to work. We will cover all this and more in the workshop.”

The event runs between 9am and midday at mfg’s Adam House office on Birmingham Road. It will be followed by a buffet lunch and opportunities for networking.

To book onto this or future workshops, which are £15 each to attend, readers can email or call 01562 820181.