Delivery Riders, now employees?

Kayla Scott

07 Jun 2021

Topics

  • Business Law
  • Employment Law

In a recent article linked here, I discussed how food delivery partners were considered independent contractors rather than employees and how further regulation could assist in ensuring both their physical and economic safety.

In a recent decision made by the Fair Work Commission found, that a food delivery driver was unfairly dismissed and was not in fact an independent contractor. Deliveroo submitted that the rider took too long to make deliveries and was subsequently fired because of his actions. Commissioner Cambridge ruled that the rider’s dismissal was the subject of “harsh, unjust and unreasonable treatment”, in breach of section 387 of the Fair Work Act. This decision was reinforced because of the “level of control that Deliveroo possessed” over the rider.

This decision should have a significant impact on further decisions regarding delivery riders and their classification as employees.

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