Your rights, vary depending on whether you’re classed as an employee or a worker. The difference between an employee and a worker is that an employee is an individual employed under a contract of employment. Whereas, a worker would usually have another form of contract such as a ‘contract for services’ or a ‘zero-hours contract’, which provides fewer employment rights than an employment contract.
- Written terms outlining your job rights and responsibilities
- National minimum wage
- Paid holiday
- Protection against unlawful discrimination
- Protection for ‘whistleblowing’
- Not being treated unfairly if you work part-time
All employees are workers, but an employee has additional employment rights and responsibilities, which include:
- Statutory sick pay
- Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay leave and pay (workers only get pay, not leave).
- Minimum notice periods if their employment will be ending, for example, if an employer is dismissing them (workers don’t get this)
- Protection against unfair dismissal (workers don’t get this)
- The right to request flexible working (workers don’t get this)
- Time off for emergencies (workers don’t get this)
- Statutory redundancy pay (workers don’t get this)
What if I’m self-employed?
If you’re self-employed you have limited employment rights which include:
- Protection for your health and safety on a client’s premises
- Protection against discrimination