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Uber's Court of Appeal Hearing

“The Court of Appeal is hearing Uber’s appeal against the decision that its drivers are “workers” and therefore entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage. It is estimated that this finding will cost Uber £18,000 per driver.

Yesterday, Uber raised an interesting argument on economic risk - stating that if the three judges hearing the case “did a runner” from the back of a traditional black cab, the driver would have no means of recovering payment, but Uber’s business model gives the drivers certainty of their passengers’ identity and therefore less economic risk for them.

The judgment is likely to have repercussions for everyone working in the gig economy – both individuals and companies alike.

Girlings will comment once the judgment is known”.

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