US court rules that Uber drivers are not employees

12 Apr 2018

A judge in Philadelphia, USA has issued a ruling that drivers working under the UberBlack limousine service are not Uber employees, but independent contractors. The case was brought to court in February 2016 by several drivers who claimed that Uber did not comply with labour legislation and failed to pay minimum wage and overtime work. The judge decided that the drivers are contractors, as they enjoy extensive flexibility and Uber does not exert enough control over them to be considered employees. The plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling.

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It is frequently mentioned that the Internet is changing the way in which we work. ICTs have blurred the traditional routine of work, free time, and sleep (8+8+8 hours), especially in multinational corporation working environment. It is increasingly difficult to distinguish where work starts and where it ends. These changes in working patterns may require new labour legislation, addressing such issues as working hours, the protection of labour interests, and remuneration.

The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.

The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.

Historically, telecommunications, broadcasting, and other related areas were separate industry segments; they used different technologies and were governed by different regulations.

 

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