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The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in Uber v Aslam – a long running case concerning employment status. Unsurprisingly, the Court has concluded (in the same vein as lower court decisions) that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed.  

This means that Uber drivers are entitled to claim:

  • Minimum wage (including backpay for minimum wage);
  • Potentially up to two years’ backpay (or more);
  • 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave each year; and 
  • They will have whistleblowing and similar rights.

This judgment does not give them ‘employee’ rights, such as the right to a redundancy payment or to claim unfair dismissal.

However, this case is a reminder to employers to carefully consider the relationship it has with its staff and the ramifications for incorrectly identifying those who are genuinely self-employed versus those who are workers/employees. 

See below for our previous blogs concerning this case:


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