Coronavirus: Proposed Protection for Self-Employed and Freelancers

Article courtesy of Daniel Barnett's Employment Law Bulletin

By Daniel Barnett, Barrister

The House of Commons Public Bill Committee has proposed an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill, entitled Statutory Self-Employment Pay.

If accepted (and I think it will be), it compels the government to introduce Regulations providing that "freelancers" (undefined) and "self-employed people" should receive guaranteed earnings of:

(a)  80% of their monthly net earnings, averaged over the last three years; or,

(b)  £2,917 per month

whichever is the lower.

The purpose of this amendment is to make the Government ‘top up’ self-employed workers’ earnings to the lower of 80% of their net monthly earnings or £2,917 a month.

See the amendment here.

Further information

Update on help for self-employed (HM Treasury, 26 March 2020)

Coronavirus information

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