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California sues Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as contractors

California is suing Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, in the most significant challenge to the ride-hailing companies’ employment model to date. Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference. The labor law, known as AB5 and considered…
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May 5, 2020 0

Uber drivers are being forced to choose between risking Covid-19 or starvation

For the last week, Ahmed, a driver for Uber and Lyft, has faced a heartbreaking choice: starvation or sickness. Ahmed has four kids, ages 11, eight, five and three. He lives with them, his wife and his elderly parents in San Francisco. He provides his family’s sole source of income, but even though he works…
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March 25, 2020 0

Uber and Lyft drivers protest to demand more benefits during coronavirus crisis

Rideshare drivers in San Francisco defied the city’s shelter in place order on Thursday to protest in front of Uber’s headquarters, demanding the company provide them with more benefits as they continue to work through the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers are calling for the enforcement of AB5, a landmark California law that went into effect…
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March 19, 2020 0

Uber changing app to avoid reach of California’s new gig workers law

For the past month, the ride-hailing company Uber has been piloting new features in California, such as letting drivers set their own payment rates, in hopes it will avoid the reach of a new state law threatening to reclassify its contractors as full-time employees. But workers – and legal experts – say they aren’t fooled.…
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February 7, 2020 0

Uber to bring back self-driving cars in California for first time since 2018 death

California issued a permit to Uber that allows it to test self-driving vehicles on public roads, the state’s department of motor vehicles announced on Wednesday. Uber joined 65 other companies including Apple, Tesla, Lyft and Waymo, that already had authorization to test autonomous vehicles in the state. The approval sets the stage for Uber to…
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February 6, 2020 0

Uber and Postmates sue to block California’s new gig worker law

Rideshare company Uber and on-demand order delivery service Postmates sued Monday to block a new California law that could fundamentally alter how tech giants engage with workers. The law, set to take effect on Wednesday, changes the way businesses classify employees and dramatically expands protections for gig workers. It creates the nation’s strictest test by…
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December 31, 2019 0