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Employment Law

The Gig Economy has grown vastly in the United Kingdom. There are so many companies that are now engaging workers and independent contractors in the gig economy. Clearly, the gig economy is a labour market where short- term contracts; and freelance working are the order of the day as opposed to employing someone on a permanent job. Gig economy is a working environment that offers flexibility with regard to working hours. On the other side, it is viewed as a form of exploitation with very little workplace protection.

In the last few years, there have been complaints at the Employment Tribunal about whether or not those working in the Gig economy such as Uber Drivers are independent contractors; self -employed or are workers. Of course, the classification of employment status will determine whether or not one is protected under the Employment Protection laws such as payment for holiday, right not to be unfairly dismissed etc.

A group of Uber Drivers applied to the Employment Tribunal and argued that they are workers as opposed to independent contractors. The Employment Tribunal found in favour of the drivers. Uber appealed to the Court of Appeal and lost.

In July 2020, the Supreme Court heard Uber’s appeal and we are still awaiting the decision which will have a profound impact on the employment status of several thousand individuals. For more details please visit https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2019-0029.html

Uber BV and others (Appellants) v Aslam and Others (Respondents) Case Id: UKSC 2019/0029