Aslam, Farrar and Others v Uber BV and others [2016]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Tribunal (ET)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Working Time, Pay
Issues covered: Employment Status; Worker or Employee; Self-Employed; Statutory Rights

The London Central Employment Tribunal has held that Uber drivers are not self-employed but are workers for the purposes of the statutory rights under Working Time Regulations 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and whistleblowing rights under the GB Employment Rights Act 1996.

In essence, Uber argued that they were simply and app firm and their online platform enabled drivers to meet passengers and that Uber was a client of the drivers. The Tribunal found this notion "absurd". The Tribunal found Uber was not in reality in the app business but was a transportation business.

"The essential bargain between driver and organisation is that, for reward, the driver makes himself available

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This article is correct at 02/11/2016

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