Latest Tribunal Decision in the “gig economy”

In the latest Tribunal case dealing with the long-running saga concerning employment status in the “gig economy”, the Leeds Employment Tribunal has ruled that a group of Hermes couriers are workers, rather than independent contractors.

The case was brought by a group of 65 couriers, assisted by the GMB union. However, it has been reported that the ruling is likely to affect 14,500 Hermes couriers who are all engaged on the same contract. The judgment follows similar high-profile cases against Uber, Addison Lee and others, where judges have also ruled that individuals engaged on similar contracts are “workers”, rather than self-employed consultants, thereby benefitting from basic employment rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage.