Newsletter Articles 2020
30 January 2020
Whether certain workers are employees or independent contractors has become a hot topic in the era of the gig economy.
Courts and Tribunals around the world faced this issue in respect of Uber, with varying findings. Courts in a number of US states determined Uber drivers were employees while the Fair Work Ombudsmen in Australia found the drivers were contractors. In the UK, the Employment Tribunal threw a further alternative into the debate, finding that Uber drivers fell into a middle ground category of "workers" which entitles them to some minimum entitlements like minimum wage and paid holidays.
This classification issue is not a new one and can have very wide-ranging consequences. More ...