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Employment Tribunal 2020 Case Ruling – Working Time Regulations – Employment Rights

By February 25, 2021March 2nd, 2021Case Review
Working Time Regulations - Employment Rights - Employment Tribunal Case - HR Solutions

Working Time Regulations – Employment Rights

New Case Ruling: Employment Status Glasgow City Council v Johnstone & Anor

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) have found that two Foster Carers are the employees of their local council and have full employment rights. This is a significant ruling and precedent for the sector given that historically, Foster Carers have been considered self-employed for tax purposes.

The basis for the ruling was because of the Council having a very high degree of control over how the Foster Carers carried out their duties, the extent to which the council had a duty to offer the Carers work who were then obliged to accept it.

Furthermore, the Foster Carers received a payment of £32,000 as part of their fee for their fostering services, which the EAT considered this amounted to remuneration.

This ruling is not just a warning for the Foster Care sector, but it also acts as a reminder to all businesses who use self-employed contractors, given that the key factors for determining employment status includes control, mutuality of obligation and personal service.

For full details of the Employment Appeals Tribunal ruling see:
https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/uk/cases/UKEAT/2019/0011_18_2310.html&query=(johnstone)+AND+(glasgow)+AND+(city)+AND+(council)

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