Self employed or employed?

The Supreme Court has held that a plumber, who worked under a contract describing him as self-employed, was in fact a worker, entitling him to various employment rights.

This case appears to support the recent trend for finding that individuals purportedly engaged on a self-employed basis are in fact workers for the purposes of employment rights. While each case will turn on its facts, it is clear that where an organisation retains a significant degree of control over how the individual works and where there is no (or very limited) right of substitution, it may be that the individuals they engage will be workers and will therefore benefit from certain legal rights and protections.

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