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

  • Make big brands liable for supply chain non-compliance - Matthew Taylor

    Date:
    12 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    Major companies should be jointly liable for non-compliance with employment regulation uncovered in their supply chains, Matthew Taylor - lead author of this summer's Taylor review - urged yesterday while giving evidence to a joint hearing of two House of Commons select committees.

  • Foster carer files case claiming worker status

    Date:
    9 October 2017
    Type:
    News

    A foster carer has filed an employment tribunal claim against Hampshire County Council for unpaid holiday in a case that could open the doors for thousands of foster care workers to have their employment rights recognised.

  • Date:
    29 September 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman discusses the employment status cases that have been dominating the news this year.

  • Uber worker status case heard at EAT

    Date:
    27 September 2017
    Type:
    News

    Uber appears at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) today to appeal last year's decision on the employment status of its drivers.

  • Addison Lee drivers are workers, tribunal rules

    Date:
    25 September 2017
    Type:
    News

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a group of Addison Lee drivers were workers and therefore entitled to rights such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage.

  • 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".