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Uber to give 70,000 UK drivers worker benefits after court ruling

Uber to give 70,000 UK drivers worker benefits after court ruling

Business
Uber is to treat its 70,000 drivers in the UK as workers, giving them a number of basic employment protections.The ride-hailing app lost a Supreme Court case last month, with a judge ruling that drivers should be classed as workers, not as independent third-party contractors. This means they have access to holiday pay and a pension scheme, as well as earning at least the minimum wage starting from Wednesday.Minimum wage is currently £8.72 per hour for those aged 25 and over, although it will increase to £8.91 per hour for everyone aged 23 and over from 1 April.The holiday pay will be paid fortnightly and based on 12.07% of the worker's earnings, while the automatic enrolment into a pension plan will include employer contributions. ...

Mexican court blocks law favoring state electricity plants

World
A court in Mexico has blocked the implementation of a law favoring government-owned power generation over cleaner private electrical plantsBy MARK STEVENSON Associated PressMarch 11, 2021, 8:35 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMEXICO CITY -- Even sooner than critics had expected, a court in Mexico issued an injunction Thursday to block a new law that favors government-owned power generation over cleaner private electrical plants.The law went into effect Tuesday, and within two days the court granted an injunction to block it. The ruling was sought by a company that operates a 160-megawatt wind farm in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said the law is meant protect government-owned fossil-fuel plants against ...
Uber loses Supreme Court battle on drivers’ rights in gig economy test

Uber loses Supreme Court battle on drivers’ rights in gig economy test

Technology
Uber has lost its battle in the Supreme Court over drivers' rights - a decision that could have far-reaching implications for millions of people in the gig economy.Following a lengthy legal fight, the UK's highest court ruled against the taxi app firm and concluded drivers should be classed as workers, not independent third-party contractors, which means they are entitled to basic employment protections, including minimum wage and holiday pay. The victory paves the way for drivers to claim compensation running into thousands of pounds.Yaseen Aslam, co-lead claimant and App Drivers & Couriers Union president said: "I am overjoyed and greatly relieved by this decision which will bring relief to so many workers in the gig economy who so desperately need it."Co-lead claimant James Farrar, ...
PMLA case: Kochhars, Venugopal Dhoot told to appear in court on February 12

PMLA case: Kochhars, Venugopal Dhoot told to appear in court on February 12

Finance
Mumbai: A special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday issued summons to former ICICI Bank managing director Chanda Kochhar and other accused after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed against them by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case and asked them to appear before court on February 12. The ED filed its first charge sheet against Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot on money laundering charges in November. Special PMLA Judge AA Nandgoankar took cognisance of the complaint filed by ED on Saturday and directed all the accused to remain present before it on February 12. The ED had filed a money laundering case against the Kochhars, Dhoot and others for "illegal sanctioning of loans amounting to Rs 1,875 crore to the Videoc...
Supreme Court dismisses two cases about Trump’s business conflicts

Supreme Court dismisses two cases about Trump’s business conflicts

Business
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out two cases that dealt with whether businesses owned by former President Donald Trump unfairly profited during his time in political office. The cases, brought by a non-profit and the District of Columbia and state of Maryland were sent back to lower appeals courts to "dismiss as moot" because Trump lost the 2020 election and was no longer president. Advertisement The cases centered on whether Trump's business operations, including his hotels in New York and Washington, D.C., violated the Constitution's emolument clause, which bans sitting presidents from receiving gifts from foreign or local governments. For the four years of Trump's presidency, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, the non-profit that fi...