The UK Rules

Employee Employment Status and Rights

Employees form the biggest majority in the working population of the United Kingdom. But, there are differences between employee employment rights and those of a worker.

EMPLOYEE: As a rule, an employee is an individual who works according to a contract of employment.

Note: You can get classed as an employee in employment law but have a different status for the purposes of taxation.

Thus, employers have a duty to work out the correct employee status for their workers in employment law and in tax law.

Employee Employment Rights

The same protection and worker employment rights apply to all employees. But, not all workers get classed as employees. Thus, you get extra employee employment rights and responsibilities such as:

Note: To qualify for some employee rights you need a minimum length of continuous employment. As a rule, an employment contract states the terms of the qualification period.

Employment Status of an Employee

All other things being equal, an individual is more likely to have employee employment status if some or all these apply:

Note: You should work out whether you are self-employed if many of these do not apply to you. There are severe penalties for having the wrong employment status. Employers, and individuals, may need to pay any unpaid tax or lose entitlement to benefits.

Employment Status Employee: Rights of Employees in the United Kingdom