Are Agency Workers Protected From Suffering Detriment in Employment Under The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 November 2021
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Employment Status; Agency Workers; Employment Rights

Part VI of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 provides that for certain types of detriment claim an individual must have 'employee' status to be protected, and for other types, 'worker' status will suffice. Employee status is defined as an individual who has entered into or works under a 'contract of employment'. By contrast, a worker is someone who works under a contract of employment or any other contract whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services for another party to the contract whose status is not by virtue of the contract that of a client or customer of any profession or business carried on by the individual. Therefore, it is

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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