Most performers and creatives in the entertainment industry are self employed for tax and national insurance purposes. However, much of the work which many dancers in the subsidised sector undertake makes them ‘workers’ under employment law.
Am I a worker?
If there is a contractual obligation for you to undertake work personally, you are defined under law as a worker.
You can test your worker status by thinking about these questions:
- Could you provide a substitute to do the work?
- Can you control how and when the work is done?
- Does the job involve you taking on a financial or business risk?
- Are you responsible for your own expenses?
If your answer is ‘no’ to at least three of these questions, you are most likely to be a worker and therefore you are entitled to a number of benefits under law, including:
If you are a worker and your above rights are not being honoured, Equity can help through advice, negotiation and even in the courts.
This area of employment law is complicated and this page can only serve as an outline of the issue. Equity will always advise and assist members confidentially on any of the above matters. If you believe you are entitled to any of the above rights, but they are not being honoured, please get in touch with us.