The growth of the “gig economy”, the demands of the millennials for greater flexibility, the tax and national insurance benefits of self-employment and Government reviews of employment status have brought the issue of employment status to the forefront of many employers’ minds.
With extensive experience of the complex issues involved, our employment and employment tax lawyers can guide businesses through this tricky area and help workforces plan for the challenges of the 21st Century or defend themselves from challenges whether from unions, their workforce or HMRC.
Court of Appeal rejects Uber's worker status appeal20 December 2018
The Court of Appeal (“CA”) has upheld, by a 2:1 majority, the ruling of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) that drivers engaged by Uber are “workers” rather than independent contractors. The majority also upheld the finding of the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) that drivers are working when they are signed into the Uber app and ready to work.
Lewis Silkin successful in Deliveroo judicial review challenge05 December 2018
The High Court has dismissed a judicial review challenge to a finding by the Central Arbitration Committee that Deliveroo riders are not “workers”. The Court ruled that the riders are not in an “employment relationship” for the purposes of European law.
Trade union’s Deliveroo judicial review challenge fails05 December 2018
The High Court (“HC”) has dismissed a judicial review challenge to a finding by the Central Arbitration Committee (“CAC”) that Deliveroo riders are not “workers”. The HC ruled that the riders are not in an “employment relationship” for the purposes of European law.
James Davies comments for The Law Society Gazette: THE LOW DOWN04 September 2018
James Davies comments in an article for The Law Society Gazette, which discusses the demand for employment law advice due to the increase in ‘gig economy’ cases and the abolition of tribunal fees.
Linda Hynes writes for Legal Island: The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 - does it go too far?16 July 2018
In an article for Legal Island, Linda Hynes discusses the new Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 and what it means for employers.
Supreme Court says Pimlico Plumbers are workers13 June 2018
In the latest major development in a series of cases on employment status, the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers and confirmed that a “self-employed” plumber should have been classed a worker.
Appeal judgment confirms Addison Lee cycle couriers are workers17 May 2018
In the latest decision on employment status in the gig economy, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has dismissed an appeal by Addison Lee against an Employment Tribunal (“ET”) decision that its cycle couriers were “workers” and so entitled to holiday pay.
Employment status02 February 2018
Employment status is important because an individual’s legal rights, protections and obligations will depend upon which class he or she falls into.