Employment rights: employees versus workers

Chapter 6 looked at the different types of contract and the difference between workers and employees. This is particularly important for employment rights as employees have more rights than workers.

In October 2014 the government announced an employment review to help clarify and potentially strengthen the employment status of workers. At the time of writing the review’s findings had not been published. The table below shows the rights of ‘employees’ versus ‘workers’ (see page 101 for the definitions of employees and workers):


The theory behind the provision of employment rights is that the employment contract is not made between equals – because the employer provides the money the employee needs to live, the employer is always in a stronger position. The provision of employment rights seeks to create more of a balance between employer and employee.