An interesting week for the ordinary citizen: Uber and the EU

03 Nov 2016

Last Friday, the Employment Tribunal issued a judgment that contained a scathing demolition of Uber's attempts to argue that its drivers in the UK were genuinely self-employed.  It found that they were workers and therefore entitled to a set of rights that includes the minimum wage, paid holiday and rest breaks. 

We will be exploring this decision and the increasingly difficult subject of self-employment and employment/worker status in a series of seminars early in 2017. Please click here to pre-register for these seminars.

Today, the High Court issued an equally firm (although not scathing) judgment that, despite the referendum vote in June, the UK's withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 can only be triggered if Parliament votes in favour of it.  Whilst also a defeat for the government, it is a reminder for us ordinary citizens that referenda do not make law.

We will be discussing this further at our Brexit breakfast workshop in London on Wednesday, 9 November 2016. Please click here to register for this event.

Appeals are almost inevitable in both cases. The appeal in the Article 50 will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court and is likely to be heard during December. An appeal in the Uber case will have to follow the normal process of going first to the EAT, then the Court of Appeal and, ultimately, the Supreme Court.

If you have questions about how the Uber Employment Tribunal ruling could affect your business please contact:

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