A contractor who worked for a trust has had his personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal rejected by the Employment Relations Authority.

The ERA held that they had no jurisdiction to consider the contractor’s claim as he was not employed by the director of the company.

The ERA found that the director of the company told the contractor that she did not want him to be an employee and he agreed to undertake the work on that basis. The contractor also issued invoices and claimed GST from them, made personal income from two properties which he was responsible for, and was aware that the director was not paying tax on his behalf.