TFL refuses to renew Uber licence in London due to poor employment practices
The decision of TfL today to deny Uber’s request to operate in London beyond its current license due to a lack of corporate responsibility may also reflect the fact that, where an organisation associated with TfL appears to be falling foul of good employment practices (including in relation to obtaining medical certificates and the failure to carry out background checks on drivers), it may not receive the public endorsement which a licence to operate in London provides.
It is likely that TfL’s stance proves that pressure on businesses to do the right thing can significantly impact your business in an immediate and very public way that legislation cannot achieve. This is a lesson for similar gig economy companies, to do the right thing before being told publicly that you've taken advantage and contravened the law.
Uber are at the Employment Appeal Tribunal next week on 27 and 28 September appealing against the tribunal finding that their drivers are “workers” and therefore entitled to holiday pay and the national minimum wage.
For more information please contact Emma Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (0)20 7427 6744
News & Insights
IR35: how employers should prepare for April 2021
Discussing the key upcoming changes to the off-payroll working rules in April 2021 and how to start preparing.
COVID-19: Considerations for companies
An essential toolkit setting out key issues that companies and directors should consider during this uncertain time.
Furlough fraud and other errors in coronavirus support claims: last chance saloon
Hugh looks at the recent clamping down of abuse of the furlough scheme by HMRC and the impact of the Finance Act 2020.