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Canada's top court just sided with Uber drivers. What now?

In a landmark decision, Canada's highest court has opened the door to a proposed $400-million class-action lawsuit involving Uber drivers and whether they should have employee rights within the ride-sharing company. We’ll talk about the ruling’s implications.
A sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York on March 15, 2017. The Supreme Court of Canada is set to start to hear a case today brought by Uber with potentially significant implications for the gig economy. (Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)
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Canada's Supreme Court has sided with a former UberEats driver in his quest to pursue a class-action lawsuit against Uber. At the heart of that lawsuit lies a long-standing question: Should drivers be considered employees or remain, as Uber maintains, independent contractors?

The latest ruling opens the door for that question to be answered — and with that, the potential for drivers to secure benefits that they are not entitled to right now.

Today on Front Burner, we speak with labour law professor Veena Dubal on what this could mean for Uber drivers and the wider gig economy.