[UK-filter] Employment Issues - Where to go for help?
February 15, 2014 12:57 PM Subscribe
I have had an accident at work through no fault of my own. You are not my lawyer
- but I'd like some UK people tell me where to go and how to approach this situation.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am not a UK citizen - though I am an EU citizen. The whole UK system has me a bit confused.
I will be heading to Citizens' Advice Bureau to get advice on how to claim sick pay but I wonder if there is anything else I should do? Anywhere else I can go? What should I document?
I am classed as self-employed, though my non-employer expects me to work set hours, has restricted when I can go on holiday/has to approve holidays, and has a fixed management structure set up to manage all us non-employees. They have me filing worksheets at the end of each month but I never know when my invoice will get paid. Upon asking I was told as I am self-employed I cannot expect to get paid promptly nor to get paid every month. Indeed, there have been times where I've waited two or three months for my invoices to get paid.
I have been part-time self-employed by them for 5 years and have never received sick pay or holiday pay. Turnover is pretty high - I am now one of the 'old gang' and I get asked to train newcomers. I have kept in regular email touch with my non-employer post-accident. I have tried calling them but no luck getting through.
My bad accident at work made me realise that I'm getting a pretty rough deal. I really need some level of compensation as I am currently unable to work through no fault of my own - but how do I go about this? I pay NI but earn too little to pay tax.
So, basically, talk me through the system and where I should look for help. Is help possible at all?