Employment status expert, Qdos, have responded to the news that thousands of Addison Lee drivers will retain their worker status, after a court refused the courier company’s request to appeal the ruling that they are not self-employed and deserve employment rights.
Qdos CEO, Seb Maley said, “It was Uber recently and now it’s Addison Lee – this isn’t the first nor will it be the last time gig economy workers stake their claim for employment rights and win. The ramifications of this year’s Uber ruling are clear to see, with this landmark victory already setting a precedent.
“This case is another reminder of the problems businesses face when engaging people under the wrong employment status. All companies that use self-employed people, not just so-called gig economy firms, should be making well-informed employment status decisions from the word go.
“The case also exposes the confusing nature of employment law, given drivers receive employment rights but stay self-employed for tax purposes. After the introduction of IR35 reform this month, it’s time employment status and tax status were aligned.”