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Am I a worker?

The definition of a worker is a broader category than an ‘employee’. The term was introduced by European Union legislation (although there is no EU definition).

A worker is anyone who works for an employer under a contract of employment (this may or may not be a written contract, and the contract may not come directly from the employer) and performs the work personally (which can include freelancers).



The Process

C4J is a claims portal for workers / freelancers who have not received the benefits they were due, such as holiday pay and workplace pension.

Following the judgment in King v Sash Window Workshop Ltd, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), stated that a worker (even if the employer incorrectly believes that they are self-employed), must be allowed to accrue paid annual leave rights until termination of the arrangement between the worker and engager.

This right can go back in some cases to when the European Working Time Directive was introduced in 1996 in the case of holiday entitlement and back to 2012 for workplace pension contributions.