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I've got a tricky question. I was hoping someone here would have some experience or insight.

I went for a job at a workshop. The boss was keen to hire me but he said he'd put me on a trial for a few weeks to see how I got on. He told me to bring in my tools and do a couple of days a week in the workshop and he'd pay me under a self employed basis.

Basically i'd invoice him for days worked. I know that's naughty as it's being a disguised employee. It's a grey area but could be seen as illegal.

Two weeks into my 'trial' I get a phone call from one of the other technicians that the workshop had burned down with everything in it. Including over £3000 of my tools. These tools are my livelihood and took me over ten years to accumulate.

At the moment I'm registered as self employed. I went for this job as I need a contract to buy a house with my fiancee.

I never had a contract with him as I'd literally only been there two weeks. (Four days)

He paid me cash into my bank account for two days work (January) so I have evidence that I was working there.

My tools are still there as a melted pile of metal in the corner of the workshop. Investigation is still on-going.

I don't have personal insurance for my tools as they were fully insured at my previous workplace. So it totally slipped my mind to privately insure them.

I have yet to see the boss. He seems to be impossible to get hold of. I appreciate his head is up his **** due to the fire though.

Any ideas here ??

I obviously want to claim on his insurance and keep my job. That would be the best outcome.

If I have to, I could take him to Small Claims court but I don't know who would be liable in my circumstances.

The boss has a reputation for being super cheap. The concept of him just paying for them out of his pocket out of good will is pretty much forgettable.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Unable to reply yesterday due to maintenance. Sorry to hear this, always horrible losing tools.

Most workshops if they have insurance are only covered up to 3k due to the cost of cover.

As well as Citizens Advice as mentioned try talking to BEN the motor trade benevolent charity, you don't have to be a member just be in the motor trade. Ben is the automotive industry's support service | Ben


Good luck.
 
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