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

New and updated

  • Police officers

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to take into account the Police Remuneration Review Body's report and the Government's announcement on police pay.

  • Date:
    24 August 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman expresses surprise that Pimlico Plumbers was granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in a case concerning the "worker" or otherwise status of a self-employed plumber - and asks which particular issues the Court might consider.

  • Employment status: Pimlico Plumbers case heads to Supreme Court

    Date:
    9 August 2017
    Type:
    News

    The Supreme Court has granted Pimlico Plumbers permission to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision that a plumber who signed an agreement with the company describing him as self-employed was in fact a worker.

  • Gig economy: Addison Lee courier classified as a worker

    Date:
    3 August 2017
    Type:
    News

    An employment tribunal has found that an Addison Lee courier was a worker and not an independent contractor, in the latest decision on the employment status of individuals working in the gig economy.

  • Podcast: The Taylor review

    Date:
    21 July 2017
    Type:
    Audio and video

    We discuss Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices, which outlined seven key principles for "good quality work for all".

  • Date:
    18 July 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the proposals in the Taylor review to clarify employment status.

  • Determining employment status

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on recommendations relating to employment status in the Taylor review of modern working practices.

  • Taylor review urges employers to promote "good work" for all

    Date:
    11 July 2017
    Type:
    News

    Matthew Taylor's review of modern employment practices has been published, outlining seven key principles for "good quality work for all".

  • The Taylor review: What employers need to know

    Date:
    11 July 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    The long-awaited Taylor review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to look at its recommendations "very carefully and seriously".

  • Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor review

    Date:
    11 July 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor review of modern working practices is no different. Rob Moss relays comment from employers, unions, employment lawyers and others on the recommendations of today's review.