Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety Principal, Anthony Massaro has been quoted in The Age discussing a ruling made by the Fair Work Commission.
The ruling handed down by the Fair Work Commission found that a former Foodora delivery rider who was unfairly dismissed was an employee, not an independent contractor. The article warns that similar business models from competitors like Deliveroo and Uber Eats could come under "increased scrutiny". Almost a million self-employed Australians work in the gig economy.
Anthony warned that although this ruling could have far reaching effects on Australia's "gig economy", each case depends on the specific terms between each party.
'This decision does not overturn the Uber decision, or flag the death of the gig economy," Anthony said. "It just means that if your business model depends on the provision of personal services by contractors, you need to be very careful about how you set it up.'
Anthony highlights that "each case depends on the specific arrangements between the parties, and not even all Foodora workers are engaged under the same model".