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United Kingdom - The right to be classed as an employee - January 31, 2017

Trade union GMB has taken the initiative for a legal claim from workers who believe they are wrongly classed as self-employed at Hermes, the courier company that delivers parcels. The possible legal proceedings come after a similar claim was brought successfully against app-based taxi company Uber. Employment judges ruled that self-employed drivers should be classed as workers and therefore have the right to the national living wage. Earlier this month a central London employment tribunal ruled that courier CitySprint wrongly classified a bicycle courier as a self-employed worker. The bicycle courier won the right to be classed as an employee rather than self-employed, which entitles her to employee rights such as holiday pay and minimum wage.

English: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/26/hermes-facing-legal-challenge ...   

http://www.bbc.com/news/business ...  

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