HOC Library briefing paper: Employment status

Released 10 November 2017

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the concept of employment status and recent reviews of the law in this area.

Employment law has several mechanisms for determining whether or not an individual is eligible for any particular employment right; the primary mechanism being the individual’s status of which the main ones in employment law are: employee, worker and self-employed. Employees have the full range of employment rights whereas the truly self-employed are largely outside the scope of employment law. There have long been calls for reform and recently, the Prime Minister commissioned Matthew Taylor, to lead an independent review of modern employment practices. The Taylor Review reported on 11 July 2017. The briefing paper provides an outline of the relevant law; sets out data on the growth in self-employment and atypical working; and discusses recent reviews, consultations and inquiries.

For more information and to view and/or download the briefing paper, see Employment status.

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