Atypical worker

You are probably an atypical worker if:

  1. Your employer is not required to offer you regular or guaranteed working hours

  2. You don’t have to accept any work or shifts that your employer offers you

  3. You have a contract that describes you as “temporary” or “according to needs”

  4. When you do the work yourself (i.e. you are not permitted to ask a friend or relative to do it for you)

  5. Your employer pays your taxes and National Insurance on your wages

  6. Your employer provides you with tools, equipment, facilities, uniform, etc..

Note: If these facts do not apply to you, you may be “self-employed” or an “employee”. You should ask for help from a trade union representative, if you are not sure about your employment situation.

The Rights of “atypical workers”

All these workers are entitled to:

  1. Receive at least the National Minimum Wage

  2. Protection against illegal deductions from their wages

  3. Paid annual holidays

  4. Minimum legal rest period

  5. Free time in case of emergency

  6. Protection against accidents at the workplace

  7. Work no more than an average of 48 hours a week

  8. Protection against illegal discrimination

  9. Protection for pregnant workers

  10. Protection for ‘reporting’ – communicating infringements at the workplace

  11. Equal treatment if working part time

  12. Become a trade union member

  13. Be accompanied in case of complaints or disciplinary actions