Legal developments: Equal opportunities
Contract workers worldwide are challenging their employment status and lack of benefits and seeking parity with their employed colleagues. Carolyn Boyle looks at changes to workers' rights in seven jurisdictions across the globe
When is an employee not an employee? This can be something of a vexed question in many jurisdictions, given the advantageous implications of employee status. The existence of an employment contract brings with it a host of statutory benefits, which in many cases employers would prefer not have to honour. As a result, companies often seek to enter into special agreements that, on face value, do not entitle the relevant workers to such favourable conditions. But just because a contract has a different label does not necessarily mean that it is not, in truth, an employment contract. So how to determine whether an employment relationship in fact exists?
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