Core guidance: Pay and benefits

Don't forget that specific rules apply to equal pay between women and men where pay or benefits are part of your contract of employment. If the reason for a difference in pay or benefits is or might be the your sex, in other words, the fact that you are a man or a woman, you should read decisions about pay and benefits for women and men (equal pay) to understand what the rules are.

Are you a worker?

This guide calls you a worker if you are working for someone else (who this guide calls your employer) in a work situation.

Most situations are covered, even if you don't have a written contract of employment or if you are a contract worker rather than a worker directly employed by your employer. Other types of worker such as trainees, apprentices and business partners is also covered. If you are not sure, check under 'work situation' in the list of words and key ideas. Sometimes, equality law only applies to particular types of worker, such as employees, and we make it clear if this is the case.

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Last Updated: 12 Jan 2015