Switzerland - Uber drivers judged to be employees - January 31, 2017

Uber has suffered another setback to its operational model in Europe after insurance agency Suva ruled that Uber drivers are employees, not freelance contractors as the company claims - meaning it must pay social security contributions. This follows a similar ruling by a UK employment tribunal in October which found that two Uber drivers bringing a claim were employed as workers by Uber, rather than being freelance contractors. The public-sector insurer Suva is involved in determining whether workers are freelance or not as a provider of compulsory on-the-job accident insurance which is required for certain professions. Trade union Unia welcomed the decision as a clear sign that Uber is circumventing social security obligations.

English: https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/05/uber-drivers-judged-to-be-employees ...  

German: http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/uber-blitzt-ab-fahrer-sind-angestellte

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