‘The government has admitted the service will now be referring calls regarding performers’ pay rights to HM Revenue and Customs instead, after it was revealed that staff working for the phoneline had misinformed a production company about performers’ rights to the national minimum wage.’
Oops… at least they are pointing people in the right direction now. It was Equity of course that put things to rights. ‘Martin Brown, spokesman for Equity, which became aware the helpline had misinformed a production company about whether or not it should pay its performers, said: “We challenged the advice given by the helpline and raised the problem with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. As a result, the helpline will refer all future similar enquiries to the specialist section in HMRC, who will advise employers that actors are not self-employed.” ‘
Creepy thing though- The Stage refers to this helpline as an ‘Actors Minimum Wage’ helpline.