Uber drivers in the UK have won an employment tribunal case which ruled they are ‘workers’ within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 rather than self-employed. This means that the drivers will be entitled to a limited number of employment rights, some of which include:

  • 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave each year
  • maximum 48 hour average working week, and rest breaks
  • National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage
  • Protection of the whistleblowing legislation

This decision could affect thousands of workers in similar roles and may have huge financial implications for Uber and other companies using platform based business models. However, it is likely that Uber will appeal this decision.