Last year, an employment tribunal's decision to classify Uber's drivers as workers caused quite a stir! We saw a reaction in recruitment and other sectors and more "status" cases soon followed. Uber's appeal against the decision starts today and a two day hearing will take place.

There are a number of businesses operating as part of the gig economy who work on the basis that they are engaging self employed individuals.  The employment status of these individuals can be a tricky area and the courts will scrutinise what is happening in practice and whether the individuals are truly self-employed.  Workers do of course have greater protection under employment law, being entitled to holiday, NMW etc.

Given the number of businesses working on the basis of self-employed engagements, it's worth keeping an eye on what happens with this appeal at the EAT.