Albeit I’m no employment law expert, I’m heating up the popcorns to watch the legal dispute of the year: Uber vs English Law.
On one side, UK Law clearly tells freelancers from workers in terms of guarantees, rights and duties, while, on the other, Uber cherry-picks features of both figures to mix them in its own cocktail of a kind.
“All the chickens come home to roost”.
For the records, by means of an appeal, Uber can still extend its licence by some months.
Waymo (read Google) states that the proprietary information is clear within Uber’s project.
Uber admitted that when Lewandowsky started its new role at Uber, he had 5 disks of information from Google.
Uber admitted its CEO knew about Lewandowsky bringing proprietary information to Uber, but still denies responsibility and alleges that Uber asked the engineer to desist from bringing such proprietary information.
Lesson of the day: however you are doing in a lawsuit, always deny.
The question of whther Uber is a transport or an IT company is highly important as it can determine, mong the others, the applicable authority, not to mention the appeal to investors ( see Facebook and its advertisement business being self-branded as Tech).
The Attorney General within the EU jurisdiction) decided that Uber qualifies as a transport company.
Finally a good news for fair employment in Europe! Uber is declared as a service equal to taxis and, therefore, subject to the same requirements and licenses, according to Maciej Szpunar, AG at the EUCJ after a lawsuit against Uber in Spain.
Once and for all, Uber is not a Tech commpany at all! It’s a transport commpany, therfore subject to its authorities and regulation.
It will take 8 months of roll-out, but AirBnb and HomeAway will give San Francisco access to their database, in order to check whether litings comply with local rules by being registered with the city.
In Frisco’s case, having landlord renting out to travellers, does reduce the range of options for locals looking for new accomoation.
In case of breach, both ocmpanies will be notified by the city and compelled to delist a given accomodation.
The show must go, so Uer announces that it preps up to contribute to injury and illness of its “partners” (technically “employees”, according to a British tribunal that ruled on this matter).
Too bad that:
– this won’t be available unless you’ve already had at least 500 rides,
– it won’t cover retirement contributions, and
– it doesn’t clearly say how much will Uber contribute.
Further Low Blow to Uber from one of the most promising markets. A regional labor court in Sao Paulo ordered Uber to pay 25k$ to the plaintiff and provide various employment benefits
HOw nice of Uber to track their drivers, see which were working double shifts wwith a competiitor (Lyft) and lure them away. The software (“Hell”) has been discontinued, but how many tricks and lawsuits can we expect?
The Trade Group of American Hotel and Lodging Association will start lobbying government and officials to limit AirBnB and will fund studies to that report its damaging effects (also by not being subject to the same stadnard as a normal hotel).
After Uber, AirBnb: are they (finally) on a descending path?
The Netehrlands (at the forefront of problems): Freelancers will also enjoy a minimum salary and holiday allowance (entrepreneurs excluded).
I bet this is also aiming at UBer and its classifications tweaks.