Your Employment status determines your legal rights at work. Employment law traditionally maintained a bipartite divide of employee’s working under a contract of employment who are entitled to the gamut of statutory protections in the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996), and self-employed individuals in independent business, who have none. Labour market policies aimed at job creation created an intermediate group of self-employed people described as ‘workers’ in s.230(3)(b) ERA 1996. Workers provide their services as part of a business or profession carried on by someone else.
Within the category of employees, there are part-time and full-time workers who have specific legal protections. There are also Agency Workers who may be employed by the Agency they are signed to or may be simply recruited by an Agency and handed over to the employer. This category covers these non-traditional work arrangements and provides information to help you navigate your rights and the options available to you.
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