The main legal rights of freelancers

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

I came upon this information over the weekend about freelancers’ rights at work. It’s from a site aimed at freelancers called Freelance Advisor. The information applies to the UK.

You do not have employment rights as such, as you are seen to be your own boss and so can make your own decisions on fees, holidays etc. You will not therefore be entitled to:

  • Your client company’s sick leave, company maternity pay or company pension provisions
  • The legal right to protection under your clients company’s internal disciplinary and grievance schemes
  • The legal right not be dismissed (always, however, read the contract of service you have agreed as this may contain clauses relating to termination of your agreement and time-periods).