MHR's legislation expert Neil Tonks comments on National Art Gallery employment tribunal ruling

Neil Tonks responds to an employment tribunal ruling granting a group of 27 educators at the National Art Gallery employment rights

“The ruling in the case of the National Art Gallery and the NG27, as they have become known, is another example of how the evolving workplace and new agile models of working have left many workers seeking clarity about their employment status.

“Having paid their taxes through the organisation’s payroll, the judge has ruled that they should not be classified as freelancers but rather ‘workers’ who should be entitled to employment rights, including paid holiday, sick pay, pension and maternity pay.

“It will be interesting to see if the rights are backdated as this could have serious cost implications for the Gallery.”

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