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Business Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (4th edn)

James Marson and Katy Ferris
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date: 21 March 2023

p. 977. Employment I: employment status, equal pay, and equalitylocked

p. 977. Employment I: employment status, equal pay, and equalitylocked

  • James MarsonJames MarsonPrincipal Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University
  •  and Katy FerrisKaty FerrisAssistant Professor in Business Law, University of Nottingham


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter reviews the law on the employment contract, employment status, equal pay, and equality. Individuals may be engaged as workers, but their employment status will most commonly be as an employee or independent contractor. Employment status is significant in relation to the rights and obligations each type of contract has for the individual and employer. Given the lack of an adequate statutory definition, the common law has developed tests to identify employment status. Employment contracts contain express and implied terms. Employees and people employed personally to perform work under a contract are protected against various forms of discrimination and enjoy enforceable rights to equality at work.

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