Which individuals are entitled to a written statement of employment terms from 6 April 2020?

From 6 April 2020, employers must provide all workers (rather than just employees) with a written statement of employment particulars at the start of their employment.

Prior to 6 April 2020, the right to a written statement applied only to individuals with employee status and whose employment was to last for one month or more. The extension of the right means that employers must now provide written statements to all workers who begin work with them on or after 6 April 2020, including their casual workers and zero hours workers. The right to a written statement now extends to all fixed-term workers, regardless of the length of their contract.

The relevant definition of worker, under the Employment Rights Act 1996, covers all individuals who work under a contract of employment or any other contract to do or perform personally any work or services for another party to the contract whose status is not that of a client or customer.

Individuals who are genuinely self-employed are not entitled to a written statement of employment terms.

Agency workers generally have a contract with the agency, rather than the organisation they are placed with, although this will depend on the individual circumstances. From 6 April 2020, agency workers have a separate right to receive a "key information document" from the agency.