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Government seeks to clarify employment statuses

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Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a wide-ranging employment review to help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of up to a million British workers. Officials at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have started the process of determining how clear the current employment framework is, what the options are to extend some employment rights to more people and whether there is scope to streamline this very complex area of employment law, thus simplifying and clarifying rights for both employers and employees. Officials expect to present interim findings by the end of the year, and hope to submit recommendations for next steps to ministers by March 2015.