Tuesday 16 February 2010 12.11pm
The legal issues are enormous - many mentioned above - but you will also find it impossible to get insurance to cover people performing manual labour for you, without proper records of them being trained and inducted. The Health and Safety Executive will similarly not be happy to "play ball".
Casual labour, as was, still exists. One only has to look at the crowds of men congregating very early in the morning in car parks on A-Roads all over Britain waiting to be picked up for a day on a building site. However most of these workers are working illegally and their pay and conditions reflect this. This is the black market.
However that's not to say that you couldnt find a way for people to work when they choose (although how you would factor that into your business plan when you cannot predict how much packing, mailing etc you can promise your clients at any one time). You'd need them to be pre-registered though and you'd need to keep detailed records or them and the hours they work.
for as long as they want
The Working Time Directive still applies. I think you need to have a read of the relevant legislation. You might find a lot of the guidance here useful http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073859176
. Oh and you might also want to proof read your posts - I struggled to get what you were saying in parts ;0)