Uber and the gig economy – what this means for businesses

16 November 2016

We have seen significant press coverage of the complex legal area of employment status since the landmark ruling by the employment tribunal that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed contractors. Deliveroo are now the latest business operating in the gig economy to be impacted with news that their riders are taking steps to gain union recognition and workers’ rights including the national minimum wage, holiday entitlement and working time restrictions.

We have seen significant press coverage of the complex legal area of employment status since the landmark ruling by the employment tribunal that Uber drivers are workers and not self-employed contractors. Deliveroo are now the latest business operating in the gig economy to be impacted with news that their riders are taking steps to gain union recognition and workers’ rights including the national minimum wage, holiday entitlement and working time restrictions.

The Government has announced an inquiry into working practices which will focus on the changing nature of work, job security, pay, employment status and workers’ rights. This follows the recent inquiry into the working practices of Sports Direct and the use of zero hours contracts and demonstrates how employment rights are applied to the ever changing world of work.

While consumers enjoy the benefits of these services, what does this mean for the businesses and will this have a knock on effect including price rises, for example taxi fares or delivery charges? With Uber appealing against the decision and more high profile cases anticipated in 2017, it is important that businesses are alert about the relevant legal issues that these cases highlight. One of the key principles to take from the ruling is that businesses should closely review the engagement of their workforce and determine whether contracts mirror the reality of the relationship.

It is reported that 4.79 million people are self employed so what should business owners and directors be aware of?

Register your interest now for our first free seminar of 2017 which will cover this significant ruling, the key principles of employment status and the forthcoming apprenticeship levy.

Places will be limited for this seminar with a difference so register your interest to avoid disappointment.

email: events@wilkinchapman.co.uk to register your interest for the Uber Employment event.


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