This time it’s about a delivery cyclist at the courier company, CitySprint (Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd). A tribunal has decided that Ms Dewhurst was not self-employed but a worker, and therefore entitled to certain minimum rights.
It’s a legal point that seems to be echoing around the country as the so-called gig economy grows and alternative working arrangements become the norm. The message for employers is clear: whether someone is a worker or self-employed comes down to the reality of what they do for you, day in, day out, and how they do it. It’s not just about the wording of a contract, or the labels that are attached.
Pinpointing employment status is often easier said than done. So if you’re unsure about any of this, talk to us.