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
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 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.
A plumber who signed an agreement with his company suggesting that he was self-employed was in fact entitled to some worker rights, according to the Court of Appeal in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and another v Smith.
The number of people working without guaranteed hours or baseline employment rights has grown by 660,000 (27%) over the past five years, according to TUC research.
Chris Cook is a partner and Keely Rushmore is a senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.
Additional information on Pay As You Earn for local authority employers, including the reform of the intermediaries legislation (IR35) on off-payroll working in the public sector.
In a second high-profile decision on employment status in the gig economy, this employment tribunal held that a CitySprint courier is a worker rather than self-employed.
A tribunal has found that a CitySprint bicycle courier should be classed as a worker, rather than self employed.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employment status.