Consultancy agreements for the self employed
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Employment status: is this genuine self-employment?
It is very important to ensure that, in terms of the actual reality of the agreement between the parties, (as appose to what is merely written down!) the individual is genuinely self-employed. For more on this, take a look at our section on employment status.
What is the risk?
If the parties wrongly attribute self employed status on someone who is actually an employee, there are three principle (substantial) risks:
- The individual may claim unfair dismissal on termination;
- The Inland Revenue may wish to have had tax and national insurance deducted at source and may wish for an account of sums owed;
- The individual may be entitled to holiday pay (this may be so even if they are a “worker” as appose to an employee.