Smartphone compatible? Employment status in the gig economy

Briggs, Michael Alfred Shaw (2019) Smartphone compatible? Employment status in the gig economy. LL.M(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis provides a critique of the current tests for employment status contained at s.230 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and proposes an alternative test. The particular focus of the critique is upon the failure of the current tests to adapt to new working relationships arising in sections of the gig economy. Recent case law in relation to status is considered along with a historical analysis of the development of employment law into a separate sphere of statutory regulation. This thesis argues that the main failings of the status tests arise in consequence of the requirement for workers to establish a contractual nexus. An alternative test is proposed which removes the contractual nexus altogether and creates a single-tier employment status. Consequential amendments to the definition of dismissal at s.95 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 are proposed with the aim of providing all employees with end-of-employment rights.

Item Type: Thesis (LL.M(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Employment status law, gig economy, uber, autoclenz.
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KD England and Wales > KDC Scotland
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: Mair, Professor Jane
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Mr Michael A.S. Briggs
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-73028
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2019 13:50
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 11:05
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.73028
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/73028

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