Contact Us
Telephone:
01325 787 007
Email:
info@greystone.legal
Greystone Legal 
15 Parsons Court 
Aycliffe Business Park
DL5 6ZE
Directions: View in Google Maps

Legal & Regulatory     Privacy Notice     Cookie Policy     Contact​​​​    © 2019 Greystone Legal LLP

BREAKING NEWS: Uber drivers are 'Workers'

10 Nov 2017

 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal have today agreed with the Employment Tribunal and found that Uber drivers are 'workers' for the purposes of claims under the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Working Time Regulations 1998 and National Minimum Wage Act 1998 - see Uber BV v Aslam. 

 

When Uber drivers make themselves available for work, they have to sign into an app and be able and willing to accept assignments. Each driver has to accept 80% of trip requests and will suffer a penalty if they cancel an accepted trip. The Employment Tribunal and Jennifer Eady QC sitting in the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that this was consistent with a worker relationship. The contracts stating that the drivers were each 'self-employed' were essentially found to be a sham and disregarded by the EAT. 

 

This decision will potentially entitle drivers to holiday pay, minimum breaks and rest periods and to be paid the national minimum wage. This is likely to have much wider implications, not only for people working in the gig economy but for delivery drivers and taxi drivers too.

 

However, this case shall almost certainly be appealed - possibly directly to the Supreme Court. There are other cases based on similar facts already listed before the Supreme Court. 

 

If you would like further advice on how this decision may affect you then please contact Greystone Legal for an informal discussion.

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Please reload

Featured Posts

Menopause at Work

October 24, 2019

1/10
Please reload

Recent Posts

October 24, 2019

October 3, 2019

August 8, 2019