The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 defines a worker as an individual working under a contract of employment or any other contract which is not by definition of a self employed nature. Examples include Agency workers and casual workers, where there may be no enduring employment relationship. Workers generally do not have the right to make a claim for Unfair Dismissal, but do have a number of other employment rights including entitlement to minimum annual leave and pay as provided for in the Working Time Regulations and the National Minimum Wage. It is important to remember that where employment status is in doubt it will ultimately be for a tribunal to determine the correct status.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.