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Updates - Uber and Deliveroo

15 November 2017
  There have been two recent decisions about the status of those who work for Uber and Deliveroo. Uber Uber has lost an appeal meaning that its drivers should be classified as workers rather than self-employed. Last year a tribunal ruled Uber staff were workers meaning they were entitled to rights such as holiday pay and the national minimum wage. Uber appealed, arguing its drivers were self-employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app. However, this was rejected. This is due to the lack of control to the jobs assigned to them. Uber has indicated that it would appeal against this latest ruling with two further possible stages in the appeal process - the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Deliveroo  In contrast, Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). This is after the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) brought the claim to the CAC as they argued Deliveroo riders were also workers who should be afforded rights such as holiday pay and national minimum wage. The CAC found they were self-employed because of their freedom to "substitute" - allowing other riders to take their place on a job. Deliveroo said it was pushing to have employment law to be changed so it could offer its self-employed riders injury pay and sick pay. We will keep you updated on any further developments.

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