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
An employment tribunal has held that an Excel cycle courier was a worker and that his contract with the courier company mislabelled him as self-employed.
Does the recent spate of employment status cases have implications for all employers, or just for the gig economy sector? Fiona Rushforth analyses the Uber, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers cases for indications of a shift in approach to the classifications of worker or self-employed status.
We discuss the reasons behind the decisions in Uber, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers and explore the factors that employers may wish to consider where they are engaging individuals on a self-employed basis.
Consultant editor Darren Newman questions if the current debate on worker status will result in any fundamental changes.
The distinction between "employee" and "worker" should be abolished, according to experts called before the first morning's hearing of an inquiry into the Future World of Work.
We discuss the key employment law trends and changes that are affecting the HR landscape, including: gender pay gap reporting; the Trade Union Act 2016; public-sector exit payments and employment status.
Conciliation service Acas has issued new guidance to help employers understand gig economy working, on the back of the ongoing Taylor review of modern workplaces and a slew of employment status cases.
Updated to include information on Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith, concerning an individual's employment status.
Matthew Taylor, the head of Theresa May's independent review of modern employment practices, has said that businesses are using self-employment rules to avoid tax.
The Court of Appeal has held that a plumber, described in his contract as a "self-employed operative", was a worker under statutory provisions entitling him to rights as a worker.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment status.