Right to payslips is now extended to all workers

You may be aware that the regulations on payslips have changed. As from 6 April 2019 not only employees but all workers are entitled to itemised written statements of pay, commonly known as payslips.

A worker means an individual who has entered into or works or worked under contract of employment or any other contract, whether express or implied and (if it is express) whether oral or in writing, whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services for another party. The individual is not a worker if the work is done or services performed for a customer or a client of this individual.

This statutory definition brings us back to the much litigated matter of whether someone does work as a worker or employee, or in a self-employed capacity. A self-employed individual will not be entitled to a payslip, but self-employment may be construed by the courts or tribunals as employment or working. You may recollect that Uber drivers where declared to be entitled to workers’ rights.

This extension of the right to itemised statement of pay is part of the response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. More changes to employment law are to come. Stay tuned.

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Authors: Kiril Moskovchuk

Published: 01 May 2019

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