Industry seeks help on workplace rules

Companies that employ freelance and fixed-term contract staff have been warned that they may find themselves falling foul of the law. Jane Liddington, a solicitor specialising in employment law, was speaking at a seminar co-hosted by the ITMA. Introducing the seminar, ITMA executive director Charles Robinson said: “There is an increasing trend for organisers to employ freelance staff. The new legislation will enforce employers’ obligations to non-payroll staff, so they need to be aware of responsibilities and possible liabilities.” Under the new Fixed Term Work Directive, due to be implemented by 10 July, companies will need to have an “objective reason” to keep staff on fixed-term contracts. ITMA members at the the seminar agreed that most freelance tour directors would fall into the self-employed status, thereby exempting them from the provisions of the new legislation. For office-based workers on fixed-term contracts, however, it is less clear.

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