Core guidance: Dismissal, redundancy, retirement and after you have left a job

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 an employee. Other types of worker such as trainees, apprentices and business partners are 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: 25 Jul 2010