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War­wick Ryan fea­tured in Star­tUpS­mart on Uber’s Con­trac­tor vs Employ­ee ruling

The Cal­i­forn­ian employ­er watch­dog has deter­mined that Uber dri­vers should be clas­si­fied as employ­ees, not as inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors, and are there­fore enti­tled to reimbursements.

The Cal­i­forn­ian employ­er watch­dog has deter­mined that Uber dri­vers should be clas­si­fied as employ­ees, not as inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors, and are there­fore enti­tled to reimbursements.

Uber is appeal­ing the deci­sion as it refers to its dri­vers as part­ner dri­vers”, mean­ing they are inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors that should pay their own expenses.

Employ­ment law spe­cial­ist War­wick Ryan told Star­tUpS­mart that Aus­tralian star­tups still need to be aware of poten­tial issues around whether or not some­one is an employ­ee or inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor because it is a con­stant­ly lit­i­gat­ed area of the law”.

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