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Hermes faces a possible HMRC investigation for paying couriers less than minimum wage

HMRC are considering whether to investigate the working practices of delivery company Hermes in light of the recent allegations made by self-employed couriers that they were not being paid the national living wage.

As self-employed couriers, Hermes are not required by law to pay its couriers the national living wage. However, in light of their working practices (which included the compulsion for couriers to work during times of sickness and bereavements) the government has urged HMRC to investigate the employment status of couriers. 

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