This report makes the case for an online dispute resolution (ODR) service for self-employed workers and explores the role such a service could provide. It shows that self-employed workers face challenges distinct from employees and argues for new systems and processes to address the consequent justice gap.
The growth of new forms of self-employment and the platform economy means there is a particular and pressing need to tackle the problem of incorrect employment status, often labelled as ‘bogus self-employment’. But a new service should also resolve problems for genuinely self-employed workers, to enable them to make full use of their rights, establish their tax status and claim late payments.
The report draws on examples of legal technology from the Netherlands, Canada and the United States that seek to promote and widen access to justice. These innovations demonstrate ‘proof of concept’ and should be used as a basis for developing a UK online dispute resolution (ODR) service that can be used to address employment and workplace issues for the low-paid self-employed.
In this pamphlet, John Tizard and David Walker make the case for fundamental reform of the way spending decisions are made and checked. They argue that Labour should recover and celebrate its strong tradition of innovation in the mechanics of effecti...Read more
In this pamphlet, Kirsty McNeill and Roger Harding argue that we all have a role to play in denying the culture wars peddlers the fight they want. Instead of letting people distract or divide us, we should build a new solidarity strategy, with a posi...Read more
A new report from the Early Years Commission, jointly run by the Centre for Social Justice and the Fabian Society, puts forward a number of recommendations to transform the lives of our youngest children.Read more
The statutory sick pay scheme has major problems that need to be addressed. Our latest report puts forward a number of recommendations for reform.Read more
New Fabian Society research on public attitudes to social security reveals a groundswell of support for increasing benefit payments.Read more
In this collection, Labour MPs look to the future, setting out what the party must do to regain the confidence of working people. Labour under Keir Starmer has made real progress in re-establishing a serious claim to be considered an alternative gove...Read more
A year-long research project by the Scottish Fabians and FEPS finds that devolution is at risk from 'no change' unionists, and 'no compromise' nationalists, and argues for Scottish Labour to reassert itself as pro-UK, pro-devolution and passionately ...Read more
In this pamphlet, Sally Gimson puts forward a range of policies to help Labour reconnect with voters and build a wide coalition across cities, towns and the countryside to defeat the Tories in 2024.Read more
New Fabian Society research finds that over 700,000 people in working or disabled households are to be pulled into poverty by universal credit cuts.Read more
The final report of the two-year Commission on Workers and Technology calls for major reforms to improve work, empower workers, and ensure the whole economy can benefit from new technology.Read more
To keep people connected to essential technologies, this paper proposes a British broadband discount scheme, modelled on the Warm Home Discount for energy bills and the US social tariff scheme Lifeline.Read more
New Fabian Society analysis shows that planned benefit cuts could push between 1 and 3 million people into poverty.Read more
Our new report highlights the long-standing crisis in arts and culture funding, fuelled by a decade of government cuts, that has left community arts and culture extremely vulnerable to lockdown, especially outside London.Read more
This report examines key economic policy priorities for the left after the coronavirus shock and ensuing recession and explores how these policies should be designed to reshape the British economy in the long term.Read more
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