Deliveroo Win Court Case – Their Riders Are NOT ‘Employees’

In a bitter blow for gig economy workers, the Supreme Court has ruled that riders for Deliveroo do not have an employment relationship with the food giant, and therefore the riders cannot be represented by a trade union. The case was brought after IWGB tried to negotiate pay and conditions with Deliveroo, but were refused in […]

Government Not Committed To Tackling Worker Exploitation

The government has just published the Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2023/24.  This is an important document which ultimately aims to stamp out exploitation of workers.  It looks at the big picture of risks and non-compliance. Frustration with the government Margaret Beels is the director of labour market enforcement, and wrote the report.  In it, […]

Judge Rules Self-Employed Drivers Should Be Workers

Hundreds of self-employed drivers at BCA should be classed as workers and entitled to at least NMW and paid holiday, according to an employment tribunal ruling. According to the judgement there were a number of flaws, including that: the written agreement between BCA and the drivers did not reflect the reality of arrangements pay was […]

Two TV Presenters’ IR35 Cases, Two Different Outcomes

There have been two IR35 case outcomes published this week, both concern TV presenters so you might expect them to be similar, but they each had a different outcome. Gary Lineker Wins at First Tier Tax Tribunal, HMRC loses Former footballer and now TV presenter was accused by HMRC of underpaying £4.9m in tax and […]

Amazon Loses Attempt To Stop Drivers Seeking Employment Rights

Amazon attempted to stop three lawsuits by delivery drivers seeking employment rights, however in a ruling just published a judge said the cases should proceed. Drivers, who are currently classified as self-employed independent contractors, are seeking holiday pay, national minimum wage, the right to an employment contract, breach of contract and unauthorised deductions from wages. […]

043 IR35: Does HMRC Even Understand What They’re Enforcing?

Today we’re discussing the recent IR35 case in relation to Kaye Adams’ personal service company, Atholl House.  This is important stuff because it casts doubt on HMRC’s ability to understand and enforce IR35!  Cristian Ley, an employment lawyer with considerable expertise in this space tells us more.  Join us to find out: Which elements of […]

Employment Status Consultation Concludes No Changes

Following the evolution of the gig economy, which brought with it confusion regarding employment status of such flexible workers, the government consulted with stakeholders regarding employment status and whether the current legal framework needs to change.  The consultation took place back in 2018, and today we have finally had their response published which you can […]

Gig Workers To Be Taxed At Source In Ireland?

According to The Times, Ireland’s Revenue wants to tax workers in the gig economy as soon as they are paid.  These workers obtain their gigs through online platforms and apps such as Deliveroo and Uber, and the platforms would be responsible for deducting tax on each transaction before workers receive their pay. Under the plan, […]

Deliveroo Found Guilty of Abusing Riders’ Rights in France

Deliveroo has been found guilty of abusing the freelance status of it’s cycle riders in France, with two former managers being given suspended one-year prison sentences and fined 30,000 euros each.  The company was fined the maximum penalty of 375,000 euros and will have to publish the court decision on Deliveroo’s French home page for one […]