Employment status

Sarah Anderson Editor's message: The working relationship and arrangements between an individual and the organisation for whom he or she works will determine the employment status of the individual and that status is key to determining his or her entitlement to key employment rights.

Disputes about status often arise, with individuals claiming to be employees when the employer has been regarding them as workers or self-employed. Employers cannot necessarily rely on written agreements purporting to deny employment status if these do not reflect the true situation and employment tribunals and courts will look at what has been happening in practice, in the event of a claim.

Sarah Anderson, employment law editor

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