Reforming the law on employment status (or not)

The employment status of religious workers of all faiths has been a recurring problem in the courts: see, for example, Percy v Church of Scotland Board of National Mission [2005] UKHL 73 and Methodist Conference v Preston [2013] UKSC 29.

The issue of status in employment was looked at by the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices, which reported in July 2017 (but which, incidentally, did not consider the employment status of office-holders).  In response to the Taylor Review, the previous Government published the Good Work Plan and, subsequently, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, HMRC and HM Treasury carried out a joint consultation on employment status.

On 26 July, the Government published the response to that consultation.

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