CONSTRUCTION workers, cleaners and hairdressers are being told they have to become self-employed so their bosses can avoid sickness, holiday and maternity costs Acas said yesterday.
Callers to the conciliation service’s helpline also reported that offers of work dried up if they became pregnant or had a serious illness.
Some workers who fell out with their manager were not sure if they had been sacked or simply left out of a rota temporarily. There was also uncertainty about being paid while travelling or on call.
Acas said the calls showed there was “confusion and uncertainty” about employment status and rights for those on zero-hours contracts, self-employed or in the gig economy.
The service published details of the helpline calls as part of its response to a government review into employment.
Acas chairman Sir Brendan Barber said: “Some people are feeling taken advantage of and unfairly excluded from employment rights.”