The Uber Employment Case

Driver in front of taxi waiting for clients

Uber has always maintained that its drivers are self employed but the recent case

Aslam and others v Uber BV and others 2016

The case was brought under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the drivers involved brought the case believing there were employees.

The employment tribunal hearing began on 20 July 2016.

On 28th October 2016 the BBC reported

Uber drivers have won the right to be classed as workers rather than self-employed.

The ruling by a London employment tribunal means drivers for the ride-hailing app will be entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the national minimum wage.

The GMB union described the decision as a “monumental victory” for some 40,000 drivers in England and Wales.

Uber said it would appeal against the ruling that it had acted unlawfully.

The San Francisco-based company had argued that its drivers were not employees but self-employed contractors.

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