May 23, 2018
Uber gives drivers sick pay and parental leave
The insurance and compensation package will be available to all Uber drivers and Uber Eats delivery couriers across Europe. Mr Khosrowshahi said that while Uber drivers enjoyed the flexibility of part-time work, they wanted protection against unforeseen events. Starting from today, Uber will provide drivers with a range of insurance coverage and compensation resulting from accidents or injuries that occur while they are working, as well as protection for "Major life events" that happen whether the driver is on a shift or not. In October 2016, a tribunal ruled that two UK-based Uber drivers should be classed as staff, not self-employed workers, and entitled to holiday pay, paid rest breaks and the minimum wage. Uber appealed against the decision, arguing its drivers were self employed and were under no obligation to use its booking app, but in November 2017, the Employment Tribunal upheld its original decision that any Uber driver who had the Uber app switched on was working for the company under a "Worker" contract.
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