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Uber appeal on 'worker' status

Uber's application to 'leapfrog' an appeal to the Supreme Court has been refused.

Worker status

We reported last month on the Employment Appeal Tribunal which dismissed Uber's appeal in Uber BV v Aslam, upholding the employment tribunal's decision that Uber drivers were 'workers'.

Uber announced an appeal and applied for permission to 'leapfrog' the Court of Appeal and go straight to the Supreme Court, something which is only granted in a tiny minority of extremely important cases.

Permission refused to leapfrog

Having been refused permission to leapfrog, the appeal will now be heard by the Court of Appeal some time next year.

Other worker status cases

Paul Burton, Head of Frettens' Employment Team, says "It is also worth noting that another case on the same topic is due to be heard by the Supreme Court in February 2018. Pimlico Plumbers & Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith will give the Supreme Court an opportunity to review worker status (albeit not in the context of the 'gig' economy) very soon."

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