Orange Genie News

 

Contractor’s Question:

"I’ve been working for an umbrella company as a contractor for a big company. This company agreed that motoring/travel expenses would be paid at cost. So every week I received car parking and road toll monies, plus fuel allowance at £0.15p a mile.

Orange Genie were recently honoured to receive an award in recognition of the support provided to one of our employees, Lucy Boland who nearly six years ago suffered a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident not far from our headquarters in Aylesbury. 

The award was presented by The Community Head Injury Service and IBB Solicitors. 

As a company, we recognised how important it was to support Lucy’s return to work as soon as possible as part of her rehabilitation process.

The national minimum wage (NMW) was first introduced to put a stop to under pay and curb workpoverty in April 1999. However, nearly 15 years on loopholes in the system still allow dishonest or incompetent employers to exploit workers. The government released on Tuesday its latest list of 48 employers who failed to pay NMW.

In reaction to this, Trade Union Congress (TUC) general secretary, Frances O’Grady said in a statement government must invest in additional inspectors with the hope of “every single minimum wage cheat being caught”. 

According to a new report published by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) yesterday many agency workers are often unaware of their employment rights and are afraid to raise concerns due to fears over job security. 

ACAS chair, Sir Brendan Barber, said: ‘Our analysis reveals that agency workers can feel a sense of insecurity and fear around their contracts, similar to those raised by calls to our helpline on zero hours contracts.

On Wednesday 18th March, in his 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced that the government will now consult on detailed proposals to restrict tax relief for travel and subsistence for workers engaged through an employment intermediary, such as an umbrella company or a personal service company, where that worker is under the supervision, direction and control of a third party.

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