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
Theresa May launched the Conservative Party's 2017 election manifesto, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises. Having already laid out her plans on workers' rights earlier this week, and with many policies announced over the past year, there is not much we didn't already know. But, as is likely in any 88-page document, there are a few items of interest that may not already be on your radar.
The Liberal Democrat Party's official manifesto has been released and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality and diversity, and corporate governance.
The Labour Party's official manifesto has been released and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation for decades. We summarise the main points for employers.
High-profile cases involving self-employed drivers for the likes of Uber and Deliveroo have focused heavily on employment status and rights. But HR professionals must not forget that so-called gig economy workers could raise other potential legal issues.
Government must close the loopholes that allow "gig economy" companies to engage people on a supposedly "self-employed" basis, a committee of MPs has said.
Kirsti Laird is senior associate at Charles Russell Speechlys. She rounds up the latest rulings.
Gig workers need more legal power to hold companies to account to make the gig economy fit for the future, according to a new report.
Uber has received leave to appeal the decision on the employment status of its drivers to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
Updated to reflect that the new rules on off-payroll working in the public sector (known as IR35) are in force from 6 April 2017.
Updated to include information on Harrod and others v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and others, in which the Court of Appeal considered if forcibly retiring police officers was justified.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment status.