UK ruling on Uber

The U.K. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that Uber drivers are “workers” for the company, rather than self-employed, a distinction that now forces the ride-sharing company to evaluate payments and benefits to its U.K. drivers.

The Associated Press reported that the high court’s seven judges upheld a lower court decision that Uber drivers were employees of the company, and therefore under British law are entitled to minimum wage, paid holidays and other benefits.

Judge George Leggatt read out a summary of the ruling on a court livestream, stating, “The employment tribunal was right to find that Uber drivers are workers who therefore qualify for the rights conferred on workers by employment legislation.”