ECJ rules foster parents are not workers

The European Court has ruled that work performed by foster parents under contracts with a pubic authority does not fall within the scope of the Working Time Directive (WTD). Consequently, foster parents are not entitled to paid rest periods or… Read on

Addison Lee drivers were workers entitled to NMW and paid holidays

In another important ruling regarding employment status, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal’s decision that drivers employed by Addison Lee were not self-employed (as their contracts stated) but, were actually workers providing personal service. The tribunal was… Read on

Courier was not self-employed rules EAT

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed a tribunal’s decision that an Addison Lee bike courier was a worker and not a self-employed, independent contractor. The consequence of this finding is that the courier will be entitled to holiday pay… Read on

Gov’t employment status report published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a report dealing with employment status. This is timely, with the so-called ‘gig economy’ coming increasingly under the spotlight. The report recognises the difficulty employers face deciding whether the… Read on

CitySprint – further case on gig economy

Hot on the heels of Uber, we report on an employment tribunal decision going against CitySprint, and a further nail in the coffin for the gig economy. Background This claim was brought by Maggie Dewhurst. As a CitySprint bicycle courier… Read on

Uber drivers are entitled to holiday pay

The Employment Tribunal has made an important decision which looks set to have far wider importance than the 40,000 Uber drivers it directly affects. Background As is well known, Uber works by providing customers with cab rides which are booked… Read on

Voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay

Whether voluntary overtime should be included with holiday pay remains undecided. We now have a useful indication from an Employment Tribunal of the way these cases will be decided in future. Background This claim was brought by 5 representative claimants,… Read on

Lock v. British Gas : latest on holiday commission payments

British Gas’s appeal against the Employment Tribunal’s decision that holiday pay should include compensation for lost commission has now been heard by the European Court of Justice. Here is how the English Courts responded. Background Whether or not commission should… Read on