The Practices of Enforcement Bodies in Detecting and Preventing Bogus Self-Employment

Jason Heyes (Contributor), Hastings, T. (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The presentation was based on a report written for the European Platform on Undeclared Work (Heyes and Hastings, 2017). The report examines the practices of enforcement bodies in EU Member States in relation to the prevention and detection of bogus self-employment (BSE). The OECD has described BSE or ‘false’ self-employment as consisting of ‘people whose conditions of employment are similar to those of employees, who have no employees themselves, and who declare themselves (or are declared) as self-employed simply to reduce tax liabilities, or employers’ responsibilities’. The report combines a review of the available academic and policy literature on BSE with case study research in eight EU countries - Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK – which included targeted literature reviews and interviews with national stakeholders. The findings were supplemented by interviews with representatives of European social partner organisations and other stakeholders.
Period05 Oct 2017
Event titleIndustrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) and Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) Workshop : null
Event typeWorkshop
LocationWarwick, United Kingdom