Abstract: The growth of the “sharing” or “gig” economy in the past fi ve years has provoked concern over the lack of rights given to those who work in such industries. The Employment Tribunal’s judgment in Aslam, Farrar v Uber applied traditional principles of employment law to fi nd that Uber drivers were “workers” and not self-employed contractors. However, closed categories such as “workers” and “contractors” are no longer relevant in the age of the gig economy. Parliament must intervene to adapt employment law to new industries and reduce uncertainty over legal classifi cation.
Keywords: Uber; Employment Law; gig economy; self-employment; worker
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