EAT upholds decision that UBER drivers are workers

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has this morning given its judgement in relation to the taxi firm’s appeal against the ruling of an Employment Tribunal in October last year, that two of its drivers were ‘workers’ for the purposes of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

The EAT has held that the drivers are ‘workers’ rather than self-employed.

As ‘workers’ the drivers will qualify for the rights that come with this status, including, amongst others, the right to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per annum, the maximum 48 hour working week, and the National Minimum Wage.

This decision will have implications for organisations with devolved workforces. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

We will provide more details in relation to the judgment when they become available.

If you have any questions relating to this article or require any advice please contact Catherine Hope, Associate in the Employment team, on 0191 226 3801 or at

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