Natasha Adom and Raoul Parekh consider potential repercussions of the supreme court’s landmark decision on worker status

In February, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in Uber BV v Aslam [2021] UKSC 5, a ruling heralded as a landmark for the gig economy. The key questions were:

(a) Did Uber drivers come within the statutory definition of “worker”; and

(b) If they were workers, were they working as soon as they logged into the Uber app or only when driving passengers?

The court decided the answer to both questions was 'yes'. Uber drivers (and likely other workers who work in a similar way) were entitled to 'worker rights', such as paid holiday and national minimum wage.

So, how significant is this decisio...

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