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U.K. Decision Finding Uber Drivers Are Not Independent Contractors Will Effect Gig Economy Workers on Both Sides of the Atlantic

U.K. Decision Finding Uber Drivers Are Not Independent Contractors Will Effect Gig Economy Workers on Both Sides of the Atlantic

In a landmark decision on February 19, 2021, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers whom Uber classified as independent contractors would be treated as “workers” subject to U.K. worker rights and employment protections and benefits under the law. The implications for the likes of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, and other gig economy players may prove dramatic –providing their workers the same wage, leave, vacation, and other benefits as de facto employees.

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