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26 October 2018 | Comment | Article by Louise Price

Hermes couriers found to be workers

In what has been described as a “landmark” tribunal ruling, a group of 65 Hermes couriers have won their case on worker status. The tribunal found that the couriers were not independent contractors, which Hermes argued, but instead were workers, and therefore entitled to rights such as the national living wage and holiday pay.

This is yet another example of the many tribunal cases around at the moment on the topic of employment status. Hermes will not be the last major company to face challenges of this nature.

For more information, please contact a member of our employment team.

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Louise Price


A highly specialised lawyer, Louise is a Partner and Head of Employment and HR services. Her expertise includes corporate support work, TUPE, pensions and employee benefits advice. She regularly advises private, public and third sector clients regarding large scale TUPE transfers of staff including drafting indemnities and warranties, advising on potential employment and pension liabilities, information and consultation obligations, and providing best value guidance.

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