The HR Dictionary


A worker is a person who performs labor or services for a company or individual in exchange for compensation. Workers can be employed in a variety of industries and positions, including manual labor, skilled trades, professional services, and office or administrative work.

In most cases, workers are classified as employees of the company or individual they work for, which means they are entitled to certain legal rights and protections under labor laws. These rights may include minimum wage and overtime pay, safe working conditions, workers' compensation benefits, and the right to form and join a labor union.

Workers may also be classified as independent contractors, which means they are self-employed and provide services to clients or customers on a contract basis. Independent contractors are generally not entitled to the same legal protections as employees and are responsible for paying their own taxes and benefits.