Search
Close this search box.

Deliveroo calls for law overhaul

Deliveroo has called on the Government to overhaul existing employment legislation to allow the company to give its delivery drivers more benefits. Comment from Leon Deakin, Partner at law firm Coffin Mew.
deliveroo

Deliveroo has called on the Government to overhaul existing employment legislation to allow the company to give its delivery drivers more benefits. Comment from Leon Deakin, Partner at law firm Coffin Mew.

Given the current levels of uncertainty and associated volume of ‘worker or employment status’ claims facing the gig economy, I understand why Deliveroo is raising this issue. A complete review and potential overhaul is long overdue as the business world and modes of working have moved on significantly since the last time we had specific legislation.

Trying to apply the current rules, designed when 9-5 working was the norm, just feels clunky. Broadly speaking, the categories we currently have (employee, worker and self-employed) do give a fairly rounded range of options but a bespoke category for businesses like Deliveroo, with perhaps a variable approach to benefits in return for flexibility in working, could improve things further.

If the Taylor Review produces persuasive evidence that gig economy workers actively choose that form of employment, the case for a wider range of categories would be easier to justify. However, if it is actually because of a lack of choice in the job market and this is deliberately being abused by employers, the better option may be to simply stick with the current groupings and clarify guidance, so that businesses have no excuse and individuals can more easily enforce their rights. We must always bear in mind that we cannot sacrifice the rights of individuals on the altar of progress just because the businesses in this area demand it.

Read more

Latest News

Read More

AI in the workplace: time to ‘get in the game or watch from the side-lines’

22 February 2024

Newsletter

Receive the latest HR news and strategic content

Please note, as per the GDPR Legislation, we need to ensure you are ‘Opted In’ to receive updates from ‘theHRDIRECTOR’. We will NEVER sell, rent, share or give away your data to third parties. We only use it to send information about our products and updates within the HR space To see our Privacy Policy – click here

Latest HR Jobs

Sue Ross Legal are supporting a leading, Sheffield based law firm who have a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Employment Solicitor or Legal…From

Andy File Associates Limited is working as a Recruitment Agency on behalf of our client with regards this permanent position.*. Who are they looking for*.

Head of Employment and HR Services. We have a unique opportunity for a talented and experienced Employment Solicitor or Legal Executive to head up our…From

Stantec UK & Ireland (UK&I) is a rapidly growing business, through acquisitions and organic growth. Reporting to the HR Director UKI, you will lead a

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE