Uber Drivers Entitled to Paid Holidays, Minimum Wage, Says UK Top Court in Landmark Ruling

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 2/23/2021 12:25:17 PM


Uber drivers in Britain are entitled to benefits like paid holidays and minimum wage, the country's top court ruled Friday, in a decision that threatens the company's business model and holds broad implications for the gig economy. The ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as "workers" and not self-employed is a big defeat for the ride-hailing giant. And it could inspire similar legal action against other companies who rely on gig workers as well as influence courts in other countries grappling with the issue, experts said. The seven Supreme Court judges who heard the case unanimously rejected Uber's appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that two Uber drivers were "workers" under British law. Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar, the two drivers, cheered the outcome. "This ruling will fundamentally re-order the gig economy and bring an end to rife exploitation of workers by means of algorithmic and contract trickery," said James Farrar said by email.

 

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