After much publicity in November about Uber attempting to "leapfrog" their appeal directly to the Supreme Court against the EAT decision that their drivers are "workers", the application was refused and the case will now proceed to the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile the Pimlico Plumbers case (not strictly speaking a gig economy case but dealing with employment status) is to be heard by the Supreme Court in February 2018.
Addison Lee, who have already been accused of "trying to frighten" couriers off from litigating on employment status have now been accused of blacklisting a worker who won an employment status claim against a competitor, CitySprint. According to the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, the worker - Andrew Boxer - was prevented from starting work at the company and told if he was hired he would put Addison Lee in "a very vulnerable position".
Meanwhile, the Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees have published a joint report - A framework for modern employment - containing 11 recommendations similar to many included in the Taylor Review. The report also includes proposed enacting legislation. The report covers the need for statutory definitions of employment status, an assumption of worker status replacing the present assumption of self-employment and closing the loophole that enables agency workers to be paid less for doing the same job.
However, Mr Taylor himself has been reported as saying flexibility and engagement are more important than new laws on employment status. He was cautious of the recommendation of "worker by default" suggesting it may be unworkable in practice. He also repeated what was said in the report that decisions on status needs to look more closely at control and less at personal service and substitution.