Good afternoon – here’s what’s in today’s news involving HR and employment law.
Uber worker status case heard at employment appeals tribunal – The Guardian
The ride-hailing company Uber operates an agency business similar to systems used by traditional minicab firms, a London employment appeals tribunal has been told.
Opening the company’s appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be treated as workers, lawyers for Uber argued that the US-owned firm was not introducing new employment practices.
Dinah Rose QC, for Uber, said: “The services of minicab firms are closely analogous to the services offered by Uber BV. The agency model has been operated for many years. It’s in no way novel. It’s been recognised by case law.”
The claim that drivers should be entitled to worker status – rather than being treated as self-employed – was originally brought by two Uber drivers, James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam.
Workers receive paid annual leave, the national minimum wage and rest breaks.
Currently embroiled in a stand-off with London transport, Uber has hit back with a poll that apparently shows nine in 10 of its UK drivers are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied driving for the ride-hail firm.
The survey, of 1,000 UK Uber ‘workers’, found that 89% of drivers would “recommend driving with Uber to others interested in driving”. According to the results of the driver research, 88% believe that “Uber has improved things for drivers” over the last year.
Johnny Heald, Managing Director of ORB International, the polling firm that carried out this research for Uber, believes that Uber drivers like the firm as it allows them to be their own boss.
Heald said: “Our poll shows that four in five drivers rely on Uber as their main source of income. They also value the flexibility of choosing when and where they drive. When asked whether they’d prefer to remain self-employed or become a worker or employee of Uber, the overwhelming majority want to continue being their own boss.”
More than a third (34 per cent) of parents feel balancing work commitments with family responsibilities has taken a toll on their health or mental wellbeing, a new study has discovered.
The research by Willis Towers Watson also revealed that a similar proportion (30 per cent) of workers felt that employers should be doing more to help staff with childcare, while only 27 per cent of the 1,123 employees surveyed said their employer currently offers childcare support or benefits.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates entering the HR profession will need to work for almost 28 years to pay off their average student debt of £47,929, research has found.
The analysis by MyVoucherCodes revealed that with an average starting salary of £25,500, those university leavers bagging a job in HR would need to toil away for 27 years and 10 months – and pay back £26,613 in interest – to repay their student loan.
However, experts pointed to the growing availability of non-degree qualifications for entrants to the HR profession, allowing them to dodge the mountain of debt.