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Pimlico Plumbers Case – Supreme Court Case: Episode 102

What is the difference between a ‘Worker’ and a ‘Self-Employed’ person?

In this episode of the podcast I cover the recent high profile case against Pimlico Plumbers in the Supreme Court. This is just one of many cases making the way through the Tribunal and Court system concerning the new ‘gig’ economy workers and establishing their legal status.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The background to the case.
  • The facts of the case.
  • What you need to know about the ‘gig’ economy and ‘worker’ status.
  • Summary of the key points.
  • Why this is an area where there will undoubtedly be legislation to clarify the position shortly.

Action Points

  1. Ensure that if you use’ workers’ or ‘self-employed’ consultants that you understand how to determine their legal status;
  2. Ensure you understand the risks of getting it wrong;
  3. Ensure that you stay up to date with employment law developments by signing up to our free fortnightly newsletter.  

Useful Links

You can read the full case here: http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKSC/2018/29.html

Watch the Supreme Court Judgement here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/watch/uksc-2017-0053/judgment.html

Podcast Episodes 61 & 66 re Uber case

Section 230 Employment Rights Act 1996

The Taylor Review: Read the full report here

Governments response to the Taylor Review here

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