| 02 March 2021

Was Uber driver an employee or not? Gig economy job faces the employment test

In a recent judgment, the Employment Court has considered the contentious issue of whether an Uber driver had employee status under the Employment Relations Act (the Act): Arachchige v Rasier New Zealand Ltd [2020] NZEmpC 230.

The status of Uber drivers has been the subject of a great deal of attention and litigation in many jurisdictions worldwide. This case represents the first time New Zealand’s Employment Court has grappled with this issue.

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By Anthony Kamphorst, Solicitor.