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Uber and Lyft try to blunt a court ruling that their drivers are employees

Uber and Lyft try to blunt a court ruling that their drivers are employees

It was clear almost from the first that the California Supreme Court, in a ruling in April 2018, threw the business models of Uber and Lyft companies for a loop. The thrust of the ruling was that drivers for those companies had been improperly classified as “independent contractors” when in fact they’re employees, entitled to most of the benefits and

Don’t bend labor rules so tech companies can profit from the gig economy

Don’t bend labor rules so tech companies can profit from the gig economy

To the editor: The future of the so-called gig economy is not secure, because it is based on transferring the real costs of distributing goods and services to taxpayers in the form of food stamps, rent subsidies and healthcare for workers. (“ California legislators could save gig workers — or ruin the part-time economy ,” editorial, July 6) The fact

Uber and Lyft drivers swarm Sacramento as lawmakers advance gig workers’ rights bill

Uber and Lyft drivers swarm Sacramento as lawmakers advance gig workers’ rights bill

On many mornings, Minda Aguhob, a Harvard-educated data scientist who started driving for Uber and Lyft five years ago as she struggled to find a job, opens her Uber app around 6 o’clock, hoping to hear the familiar ping of a ride request from her first passenger of the day. Wednesday morning was different. At that hour, Aguhob, along with 30 or so

Uber drivers can also work for Lyft. That makes them contractors, not employees

Uber drivers can also work for Lyft. That makes them contractors, not employees

To the editor: David Weil, a social policy academic, breaks new employment legal grounds in his piece arguing why Uber and Lyft should classify their drivers as employees and not contractors . His primary claim is that these two corporations have built dominate brands. Since when does market success equate to classification of payroll status? His second