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4Employment status

Aims and Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • ■ Understand the basic character of employment
  • ■ Understand the limitations of the statutory definition
  • ■ Understand the differences between an employee and an independent contractor
  • ■ Understand the purposes of distinguishing between employees and independent contractors (the self-employed)
  • ■ Understand the tests for establishing whether someone is an employee or not
  • ■ Understand those types of situations where work is atypical and the tests do not easily apply
  • ■ Distinguish between employees and independent contractors
  • ■ Assess the impact of the distinction on the individual and the person hiring their service
  • ■ Critically analyse the concepts of employment, ...

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