Top judges have struck a blow for workers in the so-called 'gig' economy by ruling that a self-employed plumber is entitled to employment rights including sick pay and holidays. 

The Supreme Court declared that Gary Smith could claim 'worker status' for his six years at Pimlico Plumbers, despite being described in his contract as a 'self-employed operative'. 

Jeremy Coy comments in The London Evening Standard that the ruling ensures that workers cannot be simply labelled as 'self-employed' for firm's to take away their rights. 

Judges back Pimlico plumber's rights to sick pay and holidays is available to read on The London Evening Standard website.

Jeremy is an associate solicitor in the employment team. Jeremy advises employers and employees on a breadth of employment law issues such as disciplinary matters, grievances, redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing and Employment Tribunal Litigation.