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“A worker until proven otherwise”—a new way to protect those in the gig economy

Time to change the legal assumption: companies should be under more pressure to actively prove their model is one of self-employment

By Frank Field  

Black cab drivers protest against Uber in central London ©DINENDRA HARIA/NEWZULU/PA Images

Speaking on the steps of Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister, Theresa May promised to address the “burning injustice” endured by too many in Britain. She pledged her government would stand up for the many against the interests of the privileged few. There can be few areas in this country where there is a more urgent need to tackle injustice and inequality than the world of work.

One of the central assumptions of the fine legal tradition in…

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