Casual workers and unfair dismissal: Mrs M Wright

The issue of the employment status of people who perform casual work – and its complexity – has come up yet again, this time in Mrs M Wright v St John the Evangelist Parochial Church Council (England and Wales: Breach of Contract) [2018] UKET 3200595/2017.

The facts

In 2004, Mrs Wright began assisting the daytime cleaner of the church halls run by the Parochial Church Council of St John the Evangelist Church. She had a job description for the cleaning work but no written contract and the PCC treasurer paid her in cash. Neither party paid NICs or tax on the payments because they were below the threshold [8]. Continue reading