04 April 2008
Part-time lecturer entitled to pension and holiday rights, tribunal rules
An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a part-time lecturer concerning her pension and holiday rights, Workplace Law Network reports.
The worker, who is referred to as Ms Karl, worked for the University of Sheffield - which employs almost 6,000 staff - as a tutor in shorthand typing.
Her contract identified her as a "contractor" and stated that nothing within it would create a relationship of employer and employee. Ms Karl was also told during her interview that she would be self-employed.
However, the employment tribunal ruled that a number of other factors, including the fact that she was included in the university's handbook and had the right to use the car park, pointed to the fact that she was an employee.
The University of Sheffield has agreed to allow her paid annual leave and to pay pension contributions to her.