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The law is taking a bite out of the Gig Economy

Paul Hodgson | August 29, 2017

It all started back in 2013, when an allegedly self-employed plumber took out a case against Pimlico Plumbers, claiming that he should have been classed as a worker. Pimlico Plumber’s employment contracts were clearly not as watertight as their plumbing, since they lost the case. This case went to appeal in February this year, but Pimlico Plumbers lost the appeal and has announced that it will be taking it to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. But by then, a string of other cases had appeared before employment tribunals, and would continue to appear.

First there was Deliverroo, in August 2016. The company was told at that time by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to pay its workers the national minimum wage (NMW). Then came the case against Uber. In October 2016, two Uber drivers on behalf of 19 others brought a case against the company and won the right to be recognised as workers rather than self-employed. In April, the company was... To get the full story, subscribe now.