What kind of worker are you?

Working from home certainly has it's plus points. It provides flexible working hours, you can set up your work area in any way you deem appropriate, and wear your slippers to work if you so choose.

Yeah, we all love Home Working.

We don't want to rain on your parade here but there are some strict guidelines set by the Government which must be adhered to. But don't worry we'll break them down for you so you can get the kettle on.

Now, there are many areas which need covering within the Home Business set up. So we'll be Blogging weekly to talk about each area, where to get help and making sure you tick each box.

Firstly, you need to understand your employment status set out by the Government and HMRC Revenue and Tax Guidelines, and what it means for you and your Business. Particularly if you employ others.

Are you an: Employee

Self- Employed or

Worker

Knowing which you are will also help you understand what your rights are so here's a brief description and comparison.

Employee: Employees and workers are similar but their rights do differ.

If you are an employee you will have a 'contract of service' with your employer and will have a notice period which you have to serve to leave that employ. Your entitlements inlcude:

a minimum statement of employment terms

Statutory Sick Payminimum notice periods if your employment will be ending (eg if your employer is dismissing you)

not be unfairly dismissed

maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay

request flexible working

time off for emergencies

Statutory Redundancy Pay

     

    Workers: According to Government Guidelines a worker status includes an individual who works under a variety of contracts. A worker is enititled to the following core employment rights:

receive the National Minimum Wage

protection against unlawful deduction from wages

a minimum period of paid holiday (annual leave)

minimum length of rest breaks

not work more than 48 hours on average per week or to opt out of this right if you wish

protection against unlawful discrimination (including less favourable treatment on the grounds of part-time status)

protection for 'whistleblowing' (reporting wrong doing in the workplace)

 

Workers may also be entitled to:

Statutory Maternity, Paternity or Adoption Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

This would need further investigation.

 

Self-Employed: Self- employed individuals are usually defined by the fact that they work for themselves and are generally more independent than workers. They solely bare all financial responsibility and control.

Employment Legislation doesn't cover the self-employed generally. In affect you are your own boss so the terms of your contract with your client(s) will set out your rights and responsibilities. You do benefit from protection of health and saftey.

So it's imperative you do the following:

register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

submit an annual tax return

account for your own tax and National Insurance payments

Deciding which employment status you have will certainly then help you know your rights and what responsibilities you might have to others. Getting this kind of information wrong could result in prosecution and all you've worked for may be lost.

Get it right now and avoid unecessary problems in the future.

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Ciao for now!