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Different Types of Workers


This section gives you information about your rights and obligations depending on your employment status. Employment law makes a distinction between employees as those who enter into a “contract of service”, and workers as those who have a “contract personally to perform work”.  Employees have the right not to be unfairly dismissed under the Employment Rights Act, the right to receive redundancy payments, as well as many other statutory rights. Workers don’t have the same privileges, but have entitlements to statutory rights such as those under the Working Time Regulations 1998. Workers also have the right not to be discriminated against under the Equality Act 2010.

You have specific rights depending on the type of employee or worker that you are. Your employment rights vary depending on whether you are a worker or an employee. Even then, there are more layers in your employment status.


Updated: 14/03/2020

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