The New Paper

February 19, 2021

UK court rules that Uber drivers should be classified as workers rather than contractors

The UK’s top court ruled that Uber drivers should be classified as “workers” rather than independent contractors, entitling drivers to benefits including paid holidays and the minimum wage. The new classification would significantly increase employee-related costs for the ride-sharing company and comes amid a broader debate of how to classify and compensate gig-economy workers.

Extra: Uber faced a similar rule in California last year and threatened to temporarily suspend operations as a result, but was ultimately granted an exemption in Proposition 22 (passed in November).
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