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Employment Rights of Workers

Employment status defines workers' rights and responsibilities in the workplace. So, each status of employment will determine the actual employment rights of workers.

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:

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 a Worker

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.

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)
www.acas.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 123 1100
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Tuesday and Friday: 8am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm

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Employment Rights of Workers in the United Kingdom