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Freelancers given EU relief

Published: Friday, 07 December 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

The EU has shelved its plans to change the rights freelancers have to work, giving relief to former students who freelance for their graduate jobs.

Among the proposals put forward by the EU was the possibility of changing where employment laws were decided from the UK to the EU.

John Brazier, managing director of the Professional Contractors Group, which criticised the plans, said: "We have worked so hard on this issue with the FSB, IoD and BCC to warn of the dangers of such a measure. It is good news that Wednesday's meeting confirmed that no new laws will be proposed."

The EU Employment Council had been discussing redefining the terms "workers" and "employees" to mean freelancers would no longer be acknowledged as existing in the employment world.

Meanwhile, those in permanent jobs are working harder than ever, according to a report.

Research by realbuzz.com says that four out of ten workers claim they are working more than 60 hours a week.

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