Employee or Independent Contractor?
In order to understand what employment rights an individual may have it is necessary to consider whether they are correctly classed as “employee”, “independent contractor” or “worker”.
For many years employers and employees have often sought to characterise their relationship as that of principal and independent contractor. Each party often has convenient tax reasons to do so.
It is often only when something goes wrong that the Courts are called upon to adjudicate as to the real nature of the relationship. The issue is important because, for example, rights in relation to redundancy and unfair dismissal accrue only to employees.
Particular difficulties arise with “agency workers” – those individuals who are employed by an agency but are sent to work for another organisation. The agency workers contract will be with the agency – not the “end user”. Recent case law has held that more usually agency workers do not acquire employment rights against an end user unless the end user is entitled to insist that the agency supplies a particular worker or where the agency arrangement is a clear “sham” or there exists some special verbal agreement or arrangement entitling a tribunal to employ a contract of employment.
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