Pimlico Plumbers, the "employer" in one of the higher profile gig economy cases of the past year has been granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in the employment status claim brought against them by Gary Smith. Mr Smith has successfully argued before the Employment Tribunal, the EAT and most recently the Court of Appeal that he was a worker and not, as the plumbing firm maintain, a self employed contractor. However, it will likely be well into 2018 before the case is heard and a judgement issued.
The "Uber case" was back in the EAT on 27 and 28 September. In October 2016 the Employment Tribunal held that Uber drivers were workers and not self employed. Uber maintained it was simply a technology platform which puts self employed drivers in touch with passengers. Hopefully we will not have too long to wait to see if the EAT upholds or dismisses the appeal.
And finally after being criticised in a Tribunal judgement last month for attempting to "frighten off" a courier from bringing an employment status claim, Addison Lee have again been on the losing end of a Tribunal Judgement. On this occasion three claimants successfully brought a claim that they were in fact workers with all the rights that go with that status.