WORKERS’ RIGHTS : There are three main types of employment status. They are a worker, an employee, and a self-employed worker.
As a general rule, workers’ rights that apply to a ‘worker‘ would also apply to an ‘employee‘.
Even so, the definitions do have some key differences for the purposes of employment legislation.
Employees form the vast majority of people in the workforce. Working under a contract of employment means you would get classed as an employee.
The law obliges all employers to deduct Income Tax and NIC from salary of their employees. Because of this, the minimum rights of all employees grants them access to:
- Adoption, maternity, and paternity leave and pay
- Statutory sick pay
- Legal redundancy pay
- The right not to be ‘dismissed unfairly‘
- The same rights afforded to ‘workers’
Note: A minimum term of continuous employment is a requirement for some employment rights of workers.
Any individual who carries out work for an employer is a worker. In most cases, the undertaking will be under a contract of employment. Thus, an individual accepts to perform work or services for a person or a company.
Workers have entitlement to the core employment rights and legal protection. Even so, there are specific groups of people who are more likely to be workers than employees. They include agency workers, freelancers, and short term casual workers.
Guide to the Rights of Workers
Note: Acas offers free and confidential guidance to help resolve most workplace disputes. You can contact them by telephone, text phone, or through their website.
The section explains agricultural workers’ rights in the United Kingdom. It includes pay rates, holiday leave, overtime, and the agricultural minimum wage.
If staff are being monitored at work by employers it must be legal and fair. Check your rights on the types of monitoring that takes data, images, or requires drug testing.
If a Company Goes Insolvent
Is your employer unable to pay their debts? If so, this help guide explains your rights if your employer is insolvent and how to claim money owed to you.
Working During Pregnancy
Employers must provide the appropriate protection for pregnant workers in United Kingdom. Read more in a guide explaining pregnant employees’ rights in the workplace.
Employers need to take appropriate steps to prevent unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Find out how preventing discrimination applies to recruitment and during employment.
Working Beyond Pension Age
The law no longer forces people to give up work at State Pension age. Thus, you can continue working after State Pension age and still get your pension.