Analysis: U.K. Court says Uber drivers are no ‘independent contractors’; consequences for Brazil

If, hypothetically, all of Uber's 1 million drivers in Brazil had to be hired by the company, with no hybrid category in place as in the UK, they would all need to have a signed contract, the famous CLT (Consolidation of Brazilian Labor Laws), which would be costly for the app.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United Kingdom Supreme Court has decided that from now on, Uber drivers are entitled to labor rights and can no longer be considered "independent contractors," freelancers or partners, as the company defines them.

According to Uber, the decision does not apply to the current 60,000 drivers the company has in the UK, but to a small group of 25 professionals who sued the company for labor rights. Uber Eats has also escaped the decision.

The attorneys representing the group of workers said their compensation should reach approximately R$91.100 (US$16,000). However . . .

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