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The importance of worker status

Snigdha Nag reviews some key decisions of the year, including a number of cases considering employment status and the correct approach to unfair dismissal

22 December 2016

Employment specialists are going to have to wait and see what the legal ramifications of Brexit will be. It is pointless trying to gaze into a crystal ball. But as we reach the end of 2016, we can reflect on the year’s significant case law. I don’t propose to go through cases ably dealt with in previous practice notes, but to flag up interesting cases of potentially wide application.

Worker status has been big in 2016. Aslam, Farrar and others v Uber BV Ltd, Uber London Ltd and Uber Britannia Ltd (2202550/2015), the Uber worker status and whistleblowing claim, was headline news. The drivers were found to be workers rather than self-employed, permitting the hearing of their claims (see this article for further analysis).

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