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Employment Status and Sham Agreements - Autoclenz Ltd v Belcher [2010] IRLR 70 on appeal to the Supreme Court

Introduction

The Supreme Court heard an appeal last week from the Court of Appeal’s decision in Autoclenz Ltd v Belcher [2010] IRLR 70.  The Supreme Court’s Judgment is likely to be an important decision regarding employment status and in particular the circumstances in which an Employment Tribunal or Court is entitled to find that a purported self-employment contract should be considered a ‘sham’.

Arguably the most important employment rights available to employees, including the right not to be not to be unfairly dismissed are granted only to those who are ‘employees’ under section 230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.  Under section 230(1) an employee is defined as ‘an individual who has entered into or works under … a contract of employment’.  Under section 230(2) a ‘contract of employment’ is defined as ‘a contract of service or apprenticeship, whether express or implied, and (if it is express) whether oral or in writing’. Continue reading Employment Status and Sham Agreements – Autoclenz Ltd v Belcher [2010] IRLR 70 on appeal to the Supreme Court