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United Kingdom: Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are “workers”
Planet Labor, 19 February 2021, n°12369 - www.planetlabor.com

After years of legal proceedings, the UK’s Supreme Court, the country’s highest court, ruled on 19 February that the drivers operating via the US application Uber should not be considered as self-employed but rather as “workers” (see the UK government’s definition here), who are thereby entitled to a minimum wage and paid holiday, even if they are not “employees”. This ground-breaking decision – which is likely to shake up the gig economy – will improve the working conditions of tens of thousands of drivers and most likely force Uber to pay thousands of pounds in compensation.

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