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employment rights for self employed

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A person is self-employed if they run their business for themselves and take complete responsibility for its success or failure.

Self-employed people do not have the employment rights and responsibilities of employees as they are their own employer. This negates the necessity for a contract of employment between two separate parties (employee and employer) and means that a self-employed person must decide for themselves things like how much to charge and the amount of holiday they should take.

Being self-employed, therefore, means forfeiting the right to:

•    statutory sick pay
•    maternity, adoption and paternity leave and pay
•    the right not to be unfairly dismissed
•    statutory redundancy pay
•    the National Minimum Wage
•    rest breaks, paid holiday and limits on night work
•    protection against unauthorised deductions from pay More...

unfair dismissal whilst on sick leave

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There are many myths surrounding employment law, some of them have firm backing to support the myth while others are simply not true and fall away as soon as it’s looked at in detail. One of the most common myths is that employees on long-term sick leave cannot be dismissed, but is this really true?

Can you be fairly dismissed on sick leave?

It’s a big worry for anyone who has been off work for a long time due to sickness, unless of course you believe the myth that you can’t be dismissed when off on sick. While there are many restrictions surrounding terminating an employee on long-term sick, there is nothing in place that completely prohibits this action from taking place.

So, in short, yes an employee can be fairly dismissed whilst on sick leave.

Why would you be dismissed?

There are a handful of things that could result in you being dismissed during long-term sick leave. This includes: More...

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