Cycle Courier was a worker


In another case regarding employment status, an employment tribunal considered whether a cycle courier for Addison Lee was genuinely in business on his own account as a self-employed independent contractor. The tribunal found that in reality he was personally obliged to perform work for the company and was under the company’s control and therefore he was a worker and entitled to the associated benefits, such as holiday pay.

This case is another reminder that the working arrangements in the “gig economy” are under scrutiny and the tribunals will impose a different relationship to that set out by the contractual documentation. If your business uses independent contractors, please review the situation and consider taking some legal advice if you have any doubts about their status.

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