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Are your contractors self-employed?

An Employment Tribunal has, this afternoon, ruled that two 'Uber' drivers are actually 'workers' within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996, and not self-employed contractors as Uber had claimed. In this case it has been decided that the drivers are 'workers' rather than 'employees', but this still provides Uber drivers with more rights than they had as self-employed contractors. Among other rights, they will be entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave each year and the national living wage. Over the years, various tests have been developed by the courts to distinguish those workers who are in business on their own account from those who are classed as employees, but it has been v

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