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Employment law guide

Workers v Self-employed

People who personally do work for other people can broadly be categorised as one of the above. If someone is not an employee they will either be genuinely “self employed” which means they run a business or profession offering their services to different clients or customers or they will be a worker. A “worker” is defined to include employees and others who “personally undertake to do work for another under a contract, whether written, oral, implied, or express, but not where the work is part of a profession or business undertaking carried on by the worker”. Many rights like the Working Time Regulations and entitlement to the National Minimum Wage apply to all workers but the right to be protected from unfair dismissal and be paid redundancy pay only apply to employees.


Employment law help for employees

Got a problem at work? How to get help

The guidance on this site is intended mainly for employers and business owners, because Lawrite, which publishes this site, is a provider of HR and legal support services to employers.

If you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work, please follow the link below for more information for employees and where you can find an employment law guide written specifically for employees, explaining your rights at work, how the employment tribunal system works, how the law protects you against discrimination at work, and other useful information:

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