Paul McAleavey, Senior Associate Solicitor comments on Addison Lee’s appeal on worker rights.
“The trend of gig economy workers gaining legal rights has continued, with Addison Lee drivers now being confirmed as “workers” by the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Key factors included the fact that if a passenger failed to pay, Addison Lee would frequently pay the drivers, meaning, amongst other factors, there was insufficient financial risk on the drivers’ part to amount to self-employment.
The judgment is a useful reminder that the written documents between parties are only part of the story – the courts will look at the reality of the relationship and factors like financial risk and personal service.
The judgment confirms the drivers’ rights to minimum wage throughout the entirety of their driving shifts, even when not transporting passengers, as well as holiday pay – something other companies operating in the gig economy should take note of”.
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