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Employment status: Foster carer is not a "worker"

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In Bullock v Norfolk County Council EAT/0230/10, the EAT held that a foster carer was not a “worker”, as defined in the Employment Rights Act 1996, and not therefore entitled to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing.

Key points

  • A foster carer was not a “worker” within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Employment Relations Act 1999, because the relationship between the foster carer and the local authority was not governed by a contract, but by agreements regulated by statute.