Employment status continues to be a hot topic in the news, with Pimlico Plumbers becoming the most recent organisation to lose a tribunal claim relating to this. An employment appeal tribunal upheld the previous judgement that a plumber who had been engaged by the firm as an independent contractor for 6 years was not self-employed.
We frequently receive calls on the helpline relating to employment status, and it is clear that this is an issue that impacts on a lot of our customers, who employ casual staff or engage self-employed contractors.
As these judgements bring increasing clarity to the issue, it is important that the terms of employees, workers and service providers reflect the true nature of the relationship you have with them. Key things to consider include:
- the duration of the relationship,
- whether they have regular hours,
- whether they turn down work,
- whose equipment they use,
- whether they are obliged to undertake the work personally.