Today the court reinforced the shift in stance to reflect their appreciation of and support for modern and flexible working arrangements.
A plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in the latest significant court ruling over freelance operations in the modern workplace. Gary Smith wanted to reduce his working days at Pimlico Plumbers following a heart attack. The Court of Appeal agreed with a tribunal that said he was entitled to basic workers' rights although he was technically self-employed. The decision is the latest to side with workers in a flexible workforce. This is the highest court to consider such a case and the ruling will now be closely read by others with similar disputes, many of whom will work for businesses in the so-called "gig" economy such as Uber drivers.