A worker is legally different to an employee and will have more limited employment rights.
A worker is someone who:
Individuals who have the status of employee will also be regarded as workers.
Any individual who meets this definition will be entitled to the rights of a worker regardless of the way their working relationship is described as a tribunal will look at the legal definition rather than any 'label' the employer or worker have put on the relationship.
The legal definition of a worker is defined in s230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
The table below gives you a summary of the rights workers have under employment legislation.