Deliveroo claims victory in employment rights case

Firm says its riders want the flexibility of being classed as self-employed.
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  • A law firm that has brought claims against Uber and Deliveroo over their employment practices says the Gym Group may have legal questions to answer over the contracts they offer personal trainers. It comes after MP Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, on Thursday labelled the fitness chain’s working practices “egregious” and “dubious”. According to the MP, a whistleblower highlighted the terms of the company’s policy when signing up “freelance independent personal trainers”. According to reports, the trainers are signed up as “self-employed” but they must give notice of holidays, wear a uniform at all times, work to specific shift patterns, are restricted with regard to setting prices and must give notice of the termination of the agreement. Michael Newman from law firm Leigh Day which took Uber to the employment tribunal and is involved in claims being brought against Deliveroo said that the Gym Group may be in breach of the law in how they categorise people who work for them. “It may be the case that once again we have a company looking to avoid its responsibilities by using bogus ‘self employment’ resulting in the denial of basic employment rights for those workers,” Mr Newman said. “We have seen such behaviour before and everything which has been reported suggested this could also be the case in regard to how the Gym Group treat people who have to behave as workers but have none or only some of the benefits.” Mr Field said that the restrictions put on the trainers were “incompatible” with self-employment and that such practices are typically used to put “workers off claiming employment rights and protections they may be due”. He added: “This contract from Gym Group is the latest in a long line of examples highlighting dubious self-employed workforce models - and it is one of the most egregious examples I’ve seen to date. “It is packed full of clauses that clearly suggest Gym Group’s 'freelance independent personal trainers’ are nothing of the sort, but are in fact workers entitled to the rights and protections that come with that status.” A spokesperson for The Gym Group said: “We note the letter from the Rt Hon Frank Field MP. “We take the feedback of our self-employed personal trainers who we partner with extremely seriously and we will be happy to co-operate and respond in full to the issues raised by the requested deadline of 10 November.”
  • Since their introduction last year, fees for the use of the Employment Tribunal service have proved controversial, with the trade union Unison even challenging the introduction of these fees in the High Court, but one year on, what has been the real impact of these fees? The government implemented the Employment Tribunal fees in England & Wales to try to reduce the numbers of supposed “spurious2 claims being presented and introduced a two tier fee system depending on the type of dispute you were bringing against your employer. If you are bringing a claim for unpaid wages or similarly more straightforward claims the fee is £390 and for more complex claims such as unfair dismissal, the cost is £1,200 if they go all the way to a hearing. The impact of these fees on the number of claims has been dramatic. Sex discrimination claims have fallen by a staggering 90%, closely followed by a 74% reduction in unfair dismissal claims and unfair wage deductions. However, this is not the full picture. Early conciliation was introduced this year meaning that all claims have to go through mediation before heading to the Employment Tribunal, but this new process cannot explain this sharp fall in these types of cases. There is the very real danger that workers are being priced out of making a genuine claim and as a result, there is a failure in access to justice for everyone regardless of their income. So what does this mean for you if you think you have a genuine claim against your employer where you are employed in England or Wales? Does this new system offer fair protection for employees or just offer protection for employers? In reality, unless you can find the money to make your claim within 3 months then you are likely to be priced out of making a claim. There is an opportunity to apply for fee remission where you can demonstrate that you are unable to pay but this is not certain. It does seem that this new system has deterred employees from brining genuine claims and this stark reduction in claims can only strengthen Unison’s case currently waiting for a decision from the High Court. For more information about this article or any aspect of our Employment & Equality Law solutions,  please call Colin Foote on 0845 834 0840
  • California Employment Trial Lawyer California Employment Trial Lawyer May Lose But Is Not Defeated. California employment trial lawyer Carney Shegerian has made a reputation as a top trial lawyer for the Plaintiff employee in the last 5 years.  His approach has been simple:  try every case worth trying.  When the case is good, don’t waste time negotiating a subpar settlement.  Mediation is out of the question when the result could… View On WordPress
  • Deliveroo gaat maaltijden uit eigen keukens bezorgen [ad_1] Deliveroo biedt in Brussel, Antwerpen en Gent een alternatief voor koken die almaar populairder is. De fietskoeriers brengen restaurantmaaltijden in een half uur aan huis geleverd. Maar ook wie niet in een grote stad woont, kan daar binnenkort van profiteren. Deliveroo gaat eigen keukens installeren op plekken waar weinig restaurants zijn. Dat schrijft Het Nieuwsblad. [ad_2]… View On WordPress
  • With the coming in reference to the service oriented industries passageway the last couple of decades, more and some relations join a workforce which doesn’t have some trade union to support them. For these set of workers which are not covered under any labor union, life will get immeasurably difficult if they are removed from their services superficially any intentness. The worker will notice it difficult to look in place of guidance as they don’t have a formal union supporting them. In these circumstances the to some degree option that is sinistrally because them is to take the help of employment barristers. Employment barristers farrow the required factual base in stroking and interpreting the employment laws. Entranceway case the bwana has not respected the initial contract, the employee has all the rights until labor the services of an employment attorney. But if the employee has not read the bargain initially at the time of near thing and approach the advocate in contemplation of legal help, then bureaucracy design struggle. The employment barrister will go throughout the complete contract in detail and rat the hireling regarding the nature of the contract that the employee has signed. For these first impression services, a per se employment barristers meaning not afflict and equate if the power structure do charge it determinedness be a small amount. This is to sign for that the employee who has priorly lost the job doesn’t pay further. The employees need to carefully go through the straiten before signing it at the time of joining an employment. There are actually not many ways in which an affected employee can employ an ministry barrister. In the UK, the employee cannot usually approach the barrister directly. They set up to approach a mouthpiece who in profit taking will contact the barrister or trap the services of an employment pleader. This process is followed in any European countries such as the UK. Inwards some countries the employees can all joking aside approach the solicitor, such as adit U.S.A. Hence if the employee is in the UK, before he\she has to go through a solicitor. The solicitor codicil in turn appoint a barrister. The solicitors and the barristers will extravaganza almost with each other and striving so as to bring relief on route to the employees, if their rights have been taken away as to the employers. Barristers need years and years of judgement of handling employment laws in the UK and hence pen easily guide the employee during this tough period. They will occur undiscovered to at the double punch in out whether employee rights have been denied.
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