The Lady doth protest too much? – Employment Status following the Uber Decision

14-11-2016

Author: Louise O’Byrne



Uber markets itself as “a location-based app that makes hiring an on-demand private driver…easy.” Uber claims that “for drivers, Uber provides exceptional pay while allowing you to be your own boss and pick your own hours. Take on fares whenever you wish (work as little or as much as you want) while meeting people in your city from all walks of life.”

The Employment Tribunal in London, when tasked with making a decision on the employment status of Uber drivers, concluded that Uber drivers are workers for the purposes of the UK’s Employment Rights Act 1996, the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and the Working Time Regulations 1998.

The Tribunal published the detailed reasons, running to some 40 pages, for its reserved judgment on 28 October 2016.

Read the full briefing here.

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