International Employment Lawyer - 24 June 2021
UK Court of Appeal unanimously held that Deliveroo riders are not in an employment relationship under European human rights law.
Commenting on the decision, Raoul Parekh, a partner at GQ|Littler, said: “This decision confirms the analysis of the original CAC judgment and is good news for platform economy companies. It also shows the dangers of over-extrapolating from the Supreme Court decision in Uber v Aslam: the fact that the drivers who brought that case were found to be workers didn’t have a bearing on whether these Deliveroo couriers were too.
“The fact that couriers were able to provide substitutes was an absolute bar to a finding that they were workers. Much of the reasoning focuses on a specific point of human rights law, but this decision shows that there are still points to be settled in this area: the story isn’t over yet.”
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