Foodora Update

Late last year the Fair Work Commission made the landmark decision of Klooger v Foodora Australia Pty Ltd [2018] FWC 6836 that found the Foodora driver was an employee, rather than an independent contractor. The decision and its implications were considered in our former article from December last year.

The decision has sparked further developments as the Victorian government has announced an inquiry into the current landscape of the gig economy. The focus is “to explore the nature, scope, extent and impact of digitally driven matching of workers to work in Victoria.” The inquiry will include examining the legal status of workers and the application of workplace laws to the gig economy.

How the gig economy is regulated continues to develop and further reforms are likely. More to come on this in the future.

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Brian Powles

Brian is an employment lawyer, who has had many years experience in employment and business strategy. Formerly an award winning chef and restaurateur, he built two successful restaurants from scratch, and has advised numerous other business owners on employment, change management, leadership, and adapting to technology. Contact him here.

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