Erith and Thamesmead MP helps tackle shady employment practices

PUBLISHED: 15:41 30 August 2012

The quest to put an end to shady employment practices has enlisted the help of Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce.

The Cross Street Law Centre in Erith says it has recently identified some questionable practices where employers try and navigate around employment law.

The law centre’s Patrick McNamee said: “We’ve noticed a significant increase in people attending our sessions who have been told they are employed as a self-employed person or not paid the national minimum wage or holiday pay.

“This is wholly illegal.”

The centre provides free legal advice on a variety of topics such as employment, welfare benefits and housing. Mrs Pearce, who used to work for the Inland Revenue, has referred cases to the police after being contacted by Cross Street.

She said: “It is essentially ‘employing on the fiddle’ and takes us back to the sad old days when people were paid cash in hand and had no protection against unfair dismissal.”

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