If you’ve been following our KoffeeKlatch updates it will come as no surprise that Uber’s classification of its worker drivers as ‘self-employed’ has been successfully challenged. We started talking about this in 2015!
What does the Uber decision mean for you?
In a nutshell, it means:
- Saying your team are self-employed doesn’t mean they are
- Uber drivers (and thousands of other workers) are entitled to basic workers’ rights including statutory holiday pay, national minimum wage, and equality rights.
- Some organisations will be facing substantial claims for minimum wage and statutory holidays
- You will need to make sure you are using the right contracts to avoid storing up problems for the future
460,000 UK workers may be wrongly classified as ‘self-employed’ – The Guardian
The Uber decision will be appealed but it is highly unlikely to change things.
You can’t go on saying ‘they are all self-employed! There are serious financial consequences if you get this wrong.
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