Uber: Supreme Court Ruling - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:16 pm on 1st March 2021.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Liberal Democrat 2:16 pm, 1st March 2021

My Lords, the Minister will be aware that Uber has made statements suggesting that it believes that the ruling is limited only to a handful of individuals and that subsequent changes mean that it will not apply to current staff—but that is not the advice that others are giving. HMRC has statutory responsibility for enforcement of the minimum wage, and it can take action either on its own initiative or in response to complaints made online. If enforcement action is taken by HMRC, then it will be for Uber to prove that it has complied with its obligations, and the two-year limit on claims will not apply. Is HMRC expected to take that action, and is government encouraging it to do so?