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UK Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are 'workers,' not independent contractors

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A man poses holding a smartphone showing the App for ride-sharing cab service Uber in London on October 28, 2016. - Ride-sharing cab service Uber on October 28 lost a British tribunal case brought by drivers demanding basic workers' rights, in a decision that could affect thousands of workers. (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL SORABJI/AFP via Getty Images)

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber must classify its drivers as workers and not independent contractors, a decision that could deliver a major blow to the company's business model in one of its most important markets.

London (CNN Business)The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber must classify its drivers as workers and not independent contractors, a decision that could deliver a major blow to the company's business model in one of its most important markets.

The court said on Friday that an employment tribunal had been right to find that Uber drivers are workers.

While the practical effects of the ruling are not yet clear, the decision could change how Uber (UBER) does business in the United Kingdom.

The company may be forced to grant additional benefits to drivers including paid time off and a minimum wage.

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