Solicitor, Elizabeth Maxwell from our Employment team speaks to HR Magazine about Uber's new insurance scheme aimed to protect its drivers.
Last week Uber announced a new scheme aimed at protecting its drivers. It works on the basis that provided a driver has completed a trip in the last six weeks, made more than 500 trips on the Uber app, and pays a weekly £2 premium they will be covered if they are unable to work because of unforeseen circumstances such as illness, injury or jury duty. Uber is said to be subsidising the remaining cost of the benefit for eligible drivers, which is valued at £8 a week.
The scheme is operated by IPSE, a company that provides independent contractors, consultants and self-employed individuals across the UK with support and protection. Uber drivers will have the choice of signing up to it, but no doubt when they do Uber will argue that they are reaffirming their self-employed status.
The full article is available to read online, first published by HR Magazine on the 4th May 2017: Uber announced new insurance to protect drivers, but does it go far enough to protect Uber in court?