Tag: Employment law

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Employment rights offer UK immunity to mandatory workplace Covid jabs

CNN hit the headlines on Friday after firing three employees who went into work unvaccinated against Covid-19, in what it called a violation of company policy. The US media organisation requires all staff entering its offices or working on assignments with other team members to be fully immunised. The news network is at the more…
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October 16, 2021 0

Uber is getting away with breaking the law. Why doesn’t the state intervene?

This has been a busy week for the UK’s so-called “gig economy”. Uber drivers won their workers’ rights case for the third time in a row (this time in the court of appeal), and the government issued a response to two employment law reviews in what it hailed as the “largest upgrade in a generation…
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October 13, 2021 0

Uber loses appeal over driver employment rights

Master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, along with Lord Justice Bean, backed an October 2016 employment tribunal ruling that could affect tens of thousands of workers in the gig economy. A third judge, Lord Justice Underhill, dissented, leading to a 2-1 majority decision.


October 13, 2021 0

Ex-Uber driver takes legal action over ‘racist’ face-recognition software

An Uber driver who lost his job when automated face-scanning software failed to recognise him is accusing the firm of indirect race discrimination in a legal test case. The black driver, who worked on the Uber platform from 2016 until April 2021, has filed an employment tribunal claim alleging his account was illegally deactivated when…
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October 5, 2021 0

Under cover of Covid, British workers’ rights are being quietly stripped away | Polly Toynbee

There will be no end-of-lockdown bank holiday, as the prime minister says people have had enough “days off” and must get “back into the office” immediately. That shows how remotely Boris Johnson works and thinks. “Days off” is not how most would describe their pandemic year. Parents working from home struggled to hold down a…
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October 5, 2021 0

After Uber’s U-turn, ministers must stop giving gig economy bosses an easy ride

Putting the brakes on the gig economy is a good thing. Bingeing on something commonly makes you feel ill. But in the case of the stratospheric growth in online services and the deleterious effect of this on stressed-out, poorly paid workers, overindulging makes others sick. From Australia to Canada, Chile, Brazil and much of Europe,…
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October 4, 2021 0

Uber may face further legal challenge to settle drivers’ hours

Uber is set to face further legal action over pay as unions said the taxi hailing app’s new deal was continuing to shortchange its UK drivers. On Tuesday, after years of resistance by the company, Uber said it accepted that its 70,000 private-hire drivers were workers with rights to a minimum hourly wage and holiday…
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October 4, 2021 0

Uber to pay UK drivers minimum wage, holiday pay and pension

Uber is to guarantee its 70,000 UK drivers a minimum hourly wage, holiday pay and pensions after a landmark supreme court ruling. The ride-hailing app said drivers would start benefiting from the changes from Wednesday while retaining the right to choose when they work, as it accepted they were classed as workers in line with…
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October 3, 2021 0