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New clampdown on firms that misuse the self-employed

By Gavin Cordon

Firms that use self-employed workers to avoid paying sickness pay, pensions contributions and maternity benefits are to face a Government crackdown, it has been reported.

A review commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May has found evidence that growing numbers of companies are abusing the law by taking on self-employed workers to do jobs previously done by salaried staff, according to The Times.

The review is being carried out by Matthew Taylor, a former head of the No 10 policy unit under Tony Blair, who now heads the Royal Society of Arts.

He told The Times: "Technology is enabling new business models and new ways of breaking jobs down, which means it is important to have clarity over the difference between employment and self-employment."

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