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Worker Status granted to couriers working for The Doctors Laboratory

The Doctors Laboratory (TDL), a company providing pathology services to the NHS, has admitted in legal action that couriers carrying emergency blood supplies to hospitals and samples to laboratories are not self-employed. The couriers, including cyclists, motorcyclists and van drivers are now regarded as ‘workers’ and this entitles them to enhanced employment rights including holiday pay and a minimum wage. Although a welcome decision for worker status, the case will continue to be pursued against TDL, with the couriers arguing that they are employees.

The news comes during a time of uncertainty in the so-called “gig” economy, with similar claims being brought against Uber and Deliveroo.