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25 June 2018

Tribunal rules Hermes couriers are not self-employed

A group of 65 Hermes couriers have a right to be treated as workers and are therefore entitled to minimum wage, holiday pay and employment rights, a tribunal has ruled.

Chris Brazier, senior associate, comments:

"This is yet another gig economy case that has gone against the 'employer'.  This ruling follows a wave of other cases involving Uber, Addison Lee and others and come shot off the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Pimlico Plumbers case earlier this month, where Mr Smith, who has worked for Pimlico for 6 years, was classed as a worker rather than self-employed.

"The weight of judgments concerning worker status is unlikely to reduce and those businesses that rely on gig workers should take active steps to consider whether this option remains the best one for their businesses."

For advice regarding worker status, contact the employment team by calling 01753 279029 or email

Chris Brazier

Chris Brazier

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