European Employment Law Cases


2023/20 Employee status of Deliveroo riders: a long-awaited decision (NL)

Keywords Employment status
Authors Manon Lucassen
Author's information

Manon Lucassen
Manon Lucassen is an associate at Palthe Oberman Advocaten.
  • Abstract

      On 24 March 2023, the Dutch Supreme Court finally ruled on the employment status of Deliveroo riders in the Netherlands. The Supreme Court has followed the earlier ruling of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and ruled that Deliveroo riders qualify as employees (instead of self-employed workers). Even though the Advocate General of the Supreme Court advised the Court to develop new criteria for determining whether a worker qualifies as an employee or not, the Supreme Court applied roughly the same criteria as it had done in the past. The Supreme Court considered that developing new general rules for determining whether a worker is self-employed or employed is up to the national and European legislators.

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