Uber drivers are workers not self-employed, Supreme Court rules

Uber drivers are workers not self-employed, Supreme Court rules
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  • calendar-gray 19 February 2021

Uber drivers must be treated as workers rather than self-employed, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled, APA reports citing BBC.

The decision could mean thousands of Uber drivers are set to be entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay.

The ruling could leave the ride-hailing app facing a hefty compensation bill, and have wider consequences for the gig economy.

Uber said the ruling centred on a small number of drivers and it had since made changes to its business.

In a long-running legal battle, Uber had appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds.

Uber is being challenged by its drivers in multiple countries over whether they should be classed as workers or self-employed.

In the US, California voters passed a measure called Proposition 22 that will see freelance workers continue to be classified as independent contractors in November, overturning a landmark labour law passed in 2019.

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