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Exploring the use of employment contracts in the gig economy

Exploring the use of employment contracts in the gig economy
Published on: 05 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Exploring the use of employment contracts in the gig economy
  • Original news
  • Are companies under any obligation to ensure employment contracts are written in clear language? Does the employment contract have to be understandable to the employee?
  • By altering the vocabulary in employment contracts, are companies able to avoid certain legal stipulations? By referring to its couriers as 'independent suppliers' could Deliveroo avoid certain employment rights?
  • The Committee accused Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon of adding a clause that attempted to prevent people challenging their self-employed status. What is the nature of this clause? Does this prevent challenging self-employed status?
  • What can we learn following recent employment cases such as those involving Uber and Pimlico Plumbers?
  • Personal service
  • No customer/client relationship
  • Restrictive covenants
  • What are some of the other important issues in employment contracts in the gig economy?

Article summary

Employment analysis: A parliamentary select committee has been examining the contracts provided to individuals engaged by Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon and has lambasted Uber’s contract as ‘gibberish’. Jackie Feser, a consultant at London employment firm Parker & Co Solicitors, comments on recent developments and controversies regarding interpretation of ‘self-employment’. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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