Gig Economy News – Uber Appeal Granted

You may remember last year Uber lost an Employment Tribunal claim regarding employment status. The ET held that Uber drivers were workers and not self-employed, a major blow for many similar companies based on the ‘self-employed’ model. Similar cases followed with claims against Pimlico Plumbers, Deliveroo, Citisafe, Hermes et.al. all being in the news over the [...]

Gig Economy News – Zero Hour NMW Rate

In other gig economy news, a new national minimum wage rate for employees on non-guaranteed hours has been proposed. The rationale behind it is that if an employee is not guaranteed hours then they need a high rate of pay to accommodate the fact they may have hours reduced without warning. With a general election [...]

JD Sports – Worse conditions than Sport’s Direct

Over the past 12 months Sports Direct has deserved all the flak it received for the atrocious conditions reported in its warehouses. However, unfortunately it seems it isn’t the only sportswear brand that treats its staff terribly. In a recent newspaper report, it was found that staff at JD Sports were threatened with dismissal if they sat [...]

Gig economy – Uber and Citisafe

The gig economy has been an issue we have been covering for most of the year. The recent Uber decision has highlighted that the judiciary will look at each case of alleged self-employment with a degree of scepticism and the government have echoed a similar sentiment. The latest update on the gig economy is that Uber is now facing [...]

Uber Drivers

Today’s case of the week is the case involving Uber. If you have not yet done so, read the judgment. It is very well put together on uber drivers. The decision will be read around the world. Careful readers of the footnotes will see that two greats of English Literature, William Shakespeare and John Milton, are quoted [...]

Gig economy – Hermes latest company to face minimum wage investigation

The gig economy has been a recurring theme of recent newsletters. Previously we have said that delivery drivers for Hermes were reported to earn as little as £5.50 an hour. It has also been reported that staff are so scared of having their shifts withdrawn they have worked sick with sick buckets in their cars and that other [...]

Gig economy – Deliveroo workers go on strike

Last month we examined the gig economy and briefly mentioned food delivery firm, Deliveroo, whose contracts breach s203 of the employment rights act by preventing staff from bringing Tribunal claims about their employment status. This month staff at Deliveroo have gone on strike after the company proposed to pay them £3.75 per delivery instead of £7 an [...]

The rise of the gig economy

Those of you who are regular readers will know that Sports Direct has made headlines for its incredibly poor working conditions. Most of the staff subjected to these conditions are actually either self-employed or agency staff who have fewer employment rights and less job security than normal workers. It has been heralded as a sign the economy [...]

A case of Uber importance!

Many of you may know of the taxi app, Uber and its army of self-employed drivers. The company has gone from strength to strength with its innovative way of delivering cheap and reliable taxis in a short space of time. However, one black cloud that hangs over the company is its treatment of drivers. The [...]