Two drivers have won a landmark employment case that could have significant implications for private hire firms and even delivery firms. See also Barrister: Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin.
The UBER private hire company insists that its 40,000 drivers are “partners”. A London Employment Tribunal has ruled that two of its drivers are employees and therefore entitled to sick pay, a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and breaks. The private hire company have indicated that they will be appealing the ET ruling. They also say that the ruling only affects “two people”. While that may be their current argument, it is clear that the ruling sets a precedent that (without a successful appeal) opens the door for all remaining UBER drivers to claim that they have similar employment rights. This case could also open the driver’s door for many men and women who drive for parcel and delivery firms