Tribunal over rights of gig economy workers reaches conclusion

Plus guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority on new money laundering regulations

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Jun 26, 2017
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Deliveroo drivers in north London argue that they are entitled to worker status

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Delivery drivers in the so-called gig economy will learn this week whether they are entitled to the benefits of worker status, as a landmark tribunal draws to a close. 

Backed by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, Deliveroo drivers in north London are appearing before the Central Arbitration Committee to argue that they are entitled to the national minimum wage, holiday pay and access to collective bargaining. Deliveroo has countered that its drivers are contractors, with the flexibility to work for other companies and to send someone else to do their work on days when they are unable to – neither of which are possible for those with worker status. 

The tribunal, which finishes today, is viewed as a test case for Deliveroo drivers elsewhere in the country and those who work for rival companies. And with the Taylor review into modern working practices due to be published any day now, rights for gig economy worker is going to be a big topic in the coming weeks. 

After the government published new regulations to combat money launderingon Friday, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is working on guidance for law firms. The rules, which come into effect today, mean that businesses will have to carry out stricter checks to make sure any money changing hands is legitimate. Businesses have not been given long to implement the changes, and the SRA guidance is intended to ensure that law firms are able to stay within the new regulations. Watch this space for more detail, or contact the SRA’s ethics guidance helpline with any queries. 

And on Friday night the Bar Council is hosting its first Employed Bar Awards to promote the best of in-house talent.  As well as finding out whether James Hanlon of IKEA, Camilla de Silva of the Serious Fraud Office or Nigel Povoas of the United Nations comes out on top in the Employed barrister of the year category, ticketholders for the event at the Tower of London get a private tour of the Crown Jewels and the chance to see the tower’s ancient Ceremony of the Keys. 

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Henry Bird

Production editor, The Brief

Henry has been a sub-editor at The Times since 2016

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