Employment tribunal rules that cycle courier is a worker

11 August 2017

In Gascoigne v Addison Lee Ltd, the employment tribunal has ruled that a cycle courier working for Addison Lee was a worker under the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the Employment Rights Act 1996, not a self-employed contractor. This decision follows the recent trend of court rulings on employment status in the "gig economy".
Specifically, the tribunal decided that the contractual documentation did not reflect the actual relationship between the parties, which was that the worker was required to perform work for the company under the company's control, and the worker was subject to a "classic wage/work bargain".

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