Richard Nicolle, partner in our Employment team, spoke to the Law Society Gazette after the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a ruling that Uber drivers are workers.

The Gazette’s article, ‘Uber employment ruling a ‘landmark’ for gig economy – but taxi app fights on’ says that Uber could face a flood of backdated claims as drivers should be entitled to holiday pay, rest breaks and the minimum wage. Uber plans to appeal the decision.

The article states:

“But Richard Nicolle, employment law partner at litigation specialists Stewarts, said those arguing the ruling signalled the ‘death knell’ for Uber are almost certainly overstating the position.

‘Even if an appeal is not granted, it is likely Uber will be able to make modifications to their business model and relationships with drivers that may avoid worker status in future.

For a company of Uber’s vast resources, the necessary changes may reduce profitability but not undermine the business model.’ ”

The full article can be found here – Uber employment ruling a ‘landmark’ for gig economy – but taxi app fights on.



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