Determining employment status is a significant issue for many employers with a number of high profile cases around the world. Even if the distinction between employees and the self-employed usually follows similar criteria, national specificities are still evident.
For decades, attempts have been made to identify practical criteria to simplify the distinction between employees and self-employed persons. So why is employment status so important? Employment status determines what employment rights are applicable to the individual. Wrongly classifying someone as a self-employed contractor when in fact they are an employee (or a worker) can leave the organisation open to substantial risk. Modern forms of employment and the increasing importance of the gig economy, as well as a global labour supply shortage, have led to a renewed focus on employment status.
Our employment experts across the globe answer the following key questions:
- When engaging the workforce how does the law distinguish between different categories of employment status?
- What are the different rights and protections for each employment status?
- What are the current themes with regard to employment status?
Current trends and tendencies are shown in a global comparison. This will help organisations to act in a legally secure manner in an increasingly technological and decentralised environment and to be ready for further challenges.
Select a region below for an overview of employment status in your global location(s).
If you have any questions or would like advice on your global employment law strategy please get in touch.