Worker. Employee or Independent Contractor?

The Supreme Court is hearing argument in the case brought by Mr Smith against Pimlico Plumbers. The case will provide (I hope) some clear rules on an area of uncertainty: when is someone an employees, when are they a worker and when are they an independent contractor? The three possible statuses are a result of modern trends, in which businesses try to hire folk at the least cost. An independent contractor is the least favourable option for the person being hired. If that is the status then the person being hired is only entitled to the benefits under the contract. The next least favourable option is that of a “worker”. “Workers” are entitled to holiday pay and certain other rights but not the full gamut of rights that an employee enjoys. Continue reading