When is a worker an employee? A Hartlepool seminar will explain

George Hardey with Waltons Clark Whitehill managing drector Heather ODriscoll.
George Hardey with Waltons Clark Whitehill managing drector Heather ODriscoll.

Businesses wanting to comply with employment law can find out more at a Hartlepool seminar.

Accountants and business advisers Waltons Clark Whitehill have teamed up with legal experts Tilly Bailey & Irvine.

Employment law can be a minefield for people running small and medium sized businesses, and the penalties for making mistakes can be harsh

Theresa Carling

Their joint aim is to help companies after a number of high-profile cases concerning the ‘gig economy’.

Just last week, 19 UK drivers, classed as self-employed by the American transport network giant Uber, were found to be ‘workers’ when Uber maintained that they were entirely self-employed.

At a free business breakfast, Theresa Carling, associate solicitor at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, and George Hardey, director of tax at Waltons Clark Whitehill, will discuss the legal and tax implications of classifying individuals as workers, employees or self-employed.

Mr Hardey said: “The proper classification of workers and employees is a crucially important issue for businesses in the Tees Valley, both in terms of proper employment and accounting practices, and business ethics.”

Theresa Carling said: “Employment law can be a minefield for people running small and medium sized businesses, and the penalties for making mistakes can be harsh.”

The event starts at 8.30 am on Thursday, December 1 at Waltons Clark Whitehill’s offices, in Maritime House on Hartlepool’s Marina.

Free tickets can be reserved by contacting Shirley Blackwood on (01429) 234414, or by emailing her at shirley.blackwood@waltonscw.co.uk.