Workers’ rights in the gig economy – Technology Law Update

Posted November 7th, 2016 in employment, news, taxis by sally

‘Last week a UK employment tribunal case came down on the side of a group of Uber drivers. It said that they qualified as “workers” and should receive certain protections and benefits.’

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Technology Law Update, 1st November 2016

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Uber drivers: legal documentation has little impact on relationship between worker and engager, expert says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 1st, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, flexible working, news, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Much has been made of the new flexibilities the so-called ‘gig economy’ offers to businesses and workers. However, whether these flexibilities truly exist will depend on the actual relationship between the parties, as last week’s decision against Uber shows.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2016

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Uber awaits tribunal ruling over drivers’ status as workers – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2016 in employment, employment tribunals, news, taxis by sally

‘An employment tribunal in London will decide whether Uber drivers should be treated as workers with basic employment rights, in a case that could affect tens of thousands of other people working across the gig economy.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2016

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Is employment law fit for the gig economy? – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2016 in employment, industrial action, news, postal service, remuneration, self-employment, taxis by sally

‘Protesting Uber drivers and Deliveroo couriers are classed as self-employed, and there are questions as to whether the law adequately protects such workers.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2016

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Uber wins right to challenge driver English tests – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2016 in examinations, judicial review, licensing, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘Uber has won the right to take Transport for London (TfL) to court over new rules that would force its drivers to pass English tests.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2016

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MPs urge action on “significant” legal loophole in taxi licensing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in codes of practice, licensing, local government, news, parliament, taxis by sally

‘MPs have called on the Government to address a “damaging and significant legal loophole” that allows taxis licensed by other local authorities to operate within Rotherham, even if the drivers have had their application for a Rotherham licence rejected.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th August 2016

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Uber faces court battle with drivers over employment status – The Guardian

‘Uber is facing a legal challenge from drivers who say that they should be recognised officially as workers at the company, as calls grow for new rights for the UK’s burgeoning army of self-employed individuals.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2016

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Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

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Private hire operator loses licence for running taxi business outside district – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 14th, 2016 in licensing, local government, news, taxis by sally

‘A district council has revoked the licence of a private hire operator, as well as hackney carriage licences for five of his vehicles, after he was found to be running his taxi business outside of the district.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th June 2016

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New immigration requirements will impose ‘very heavy burdens’ on licensing authorities, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 6th, 2016 in employment, immigration, licensing, news, taxis by sally

‘Local licensing authorities will face substantial administrative burdens once new immigration laws come into force, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th June 2016

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Rotherham abuse survivors press for stricter taxi safety measures – The Guardian

‘All taxis drivers in Rotherham will be required to have CCTV cameras installed in their cars from July, in an attempt to prevent child sexual exploitation. Drivers will also have to activate an audio recording device whenever they transport an unaccompanied child or vulnerable adult , under a series of measures introduced by the council to rebuild trust in the taxi industry.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2016

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126 cab drivers charged with sexual or violent crimes – The Independent

Posted April 18th, 2016 in news, sexual offences, statistics, taxis, violent offenders by sally

‘The number of cab drivers charged with violent or sexual offences in London is at a five-year high.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2016

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Woman jailed after sexually assaulting taxi driver – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2016 in assault, criminal damage, news, prostitution, sentencing, sexual offences, taxis by sally

‘A woman has been jailed after she sexually assaulted a male taxi driver in an attempt to avoid paying £26.50 for the journey.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2016

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London taxi drivers lose high court challenge to cycle superhighway – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2016 in bicycles, London, news, planning, roads, taxis by sally

‘Cabbies have lost a high court challenge that could have disrupted completion of London’s £47m flagship east-west cycle superhighway.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2016

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Rulings rejecting taxi and chocolate bar shapes as trade marks reflect intentions of trade mark law, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2016 in food, intellectual property, news, taxis, trade marks by sally

‘The strict circumstances in which shapes can benefit from trade mark protection have been reinforced by two new rulings issued by the High Court in London, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd January 2016

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Black cabs not unique, high court rules, paving way for ‘green’ taxis – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2016 in London, news, taxis, trade marks by sally

‘A high court judge has ruled that one of London’s most famous sights, the black cab, is not that unique after all, concluding that they are “devoid of inherent distinctive character”.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2015

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Taxi driver told to pay more than £9,000 in costs after losing council appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 8th, 2016 in appeals, complaints, costs, licensing, news, taxis by tracey

‘A taxi driver in Kent has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 in costs after losing an appeal against a council’s decision to suspend his licence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2016

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Competition watchdog slams plans for crackdown on Uber in London – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in competition, London, news, taxis, transport by tracey

‘The competition watchdog has attacked Transport for London’s proposed crackdown on Uber, warning that it could result in less choice, higher prices and a worse service. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2015

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The rise of the Ubermensch – Panopticon

Posted October 23rd, 2015 in internet, licensing, news, taxis, telecommunications by sally

‘In May 2012, Transport for London licensed Uber London Limited as an operator of private hire vehicles in London.’

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Panopticon, 23rd October 2015

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Uber High Court decision Q&A – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2015 in internet, news, taxis, telecommunications, transport by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that the way the taxi-hiring app firm Uber calculates fares based on a “meter-like” system is not illegal.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2015

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