Employment status: the European Court clarifies who counts as a worker under EU law in gig economy ruling

The European Court of Justice has ruled that it is up to national courts to make decisions about employment status, but that a courier working for Yodel in the UK appeared to them to have been correctly classified as self-employed, given the latitude he had over accepting jobs, working for competitors, providing substitutes and deciding his work schedule. The crucial factors were independence and subordination.

Leckey C., Ius Laboris (2020), ‘Employment status: the European Court clarifies who counts as a worker under EU law in gig economy ruling’, 7 May.

Metadata

  • Article
  • United Kingdom, EU 27
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Yodel
  • employment status
  • English
  • Ius Laboris
  • 2020
  • Open access
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