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Uber drivers are contractors - not employees, claims Board

May 15, 2019 / Human Resources Director

Uber drivers set their work hours, own their vehicles, and are free to work for rivals. They are thus classified as independent contractors – not employees – under US federal law, the top lawyer of a US labour agency has concluded. Peter Robb, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, published his recommendation in an advisory memo last month. The memo, released this week, now awaits a decision by an NLRB regional director. But such advisories are generally upheld in rulings, Reuters reported. Drivers purportedly have “significant entrepreneurial opportunity by virtue of their near complete control of their cars and work schedules, together with freedom to choose log-in locations and to work for competitors of Uber,” Robb said.