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The exact classification of what constitutes an employee can vary from country to country and it is important that any employer in the United Kingdom fully understands the various classifications of employment as outlined under UK law. Failure to clarify these issues at the commencement of employment can often result in confusion, disagreements and conflict later on.

This is an area which often confuses both employer and employee and, therefore, needs careful consideration.

This section will give an overview of some of the different classifications which can be given to employees under the United Kingdom legislation and covers areas such as full-time workers, casual workers, employee payroll, employee rights, home-workers and commercial agents.  It is probably useful to read all of this section to give a clear picture of the legal landscape.

Specialist labor law advice should always be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, action based on the contents of this site which is only intended as a brief note. If you require specific advice on any aspect of this section or on any the United Kingdom employment related matters, please contact David Bickford or another member of the Penningtons LLP labor law team.

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