This article was written by Annabel Kaye, Founder of Irenicon, AWAD’s Partner in the field of Human Resources & Legal Support
Sometimes a legal decision comes along that really is a game changer – at least for some. This week’s employment tribunal decision has caused quite a stir. Uber has been paying drivers as ‘self-employed’ and has not taken on board that there are 3 categories of worker in the UK;
1 – Genuinely in business (self-employed)
2 – Worker
3 – Employee
Like so many other organisations Uber has forgotten the one in the middle.
While Uber is going to appeal the decision, it is highly unlikely the will succeed and the result of this is that they have to face claims for national minimum wage, statutory holiday and more. For more information on what how we got here and what this means in general check here.
There are tests that are applied to who is self-employed and who is a worker. It’s not a simple as saying – you are self-employed.
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Don’t ignore this legal decision. You could be running up substantial liabilities for the future. Now is a great time to get yourself straightened out.