The rise in the number of individuals working under flexible working contracts has resulted in a number of high profile legal cases dealing with the question of employment status. Under UK employment law, individuals are entitled to a sliding scale of basic employment rights depending upon whether they are classified as an employee, a worker or an independent contractor.
The question of employee status has always been an important one, and the courts have developed specific tests to determine employee status. However, with the rise of the so-called ‘gig-economy’, the distinction between these categories has become even more significant. The recent Supreme Court decision in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and Mullins v Smith  UKSC 29 has added to a growing body of case law dealing with this important issue.