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Bet on a one-horse race when it comes to William Hill takeover | Nils Pratley

As a betting event, the fun at William Hill may be over before the takeover action has properly started. A one-horse race may be in prospect. That nag is Caesars Entertainment, which has indicated a £2.9bn, or 272p-a-share, offer and secured a “minded to recommend” nod from William Hill’s board. The other contender, US private…
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September 26, 2021 0

Uber granted London licence as court rules it ‘no longer poses a risk’

Uber has been granted a further 18-month licence in London after an appeal found it was a “fit and proper” company to run private hire car services. Westminster magistrates court ruled in favour of Uber almost a year after Transport for London (TfL) refused the ride-hailing firm a licence extension over safety concerns. The deputy…
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September 25, 2021 0

Monopoly power is running wild. We need tough competition laws to rein it in | Michelle Meagher

There are a million ways to shop online, but all clicks lead back to the same few companies. We can buy a chicken for £3, but just four supermarkets dominate the groceries sector. Taxi rides have never been more affordable, but drivers fend for themselves in the gig economy. Although we live in a world…
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September 25, 2021 0

Safety driver charged in 2018 incident where self-driving Uber car killed a woman

Prosecutors in Arizona have charged the safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber test car that struck and killed a woman in 2018 with negligent homicide. Court records show that Rafaela Vasquez, 46, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in the death of Elaine Herzberg. Vasquez is the only person facing criminal consequences in…
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September 25, 2021 0

Home delivery firms blamed for enabling problem drinkers

Alcohol charities are calling for tighter rules on online delivery firms amid growing concerns that they are making home drop-offs to problem drinkers and children aged under 18. Recent research by Wrexham University found that age-verification measures used by suppliers and delivery firms were weak, with online checks easy to get around and couriers manually…
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September 25, 2021 0

Why Uber and Lyft are taking a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook in labor law battle | Veena Dubal

Uber and Lyft are waging a scorched-earth regulatory battle to avoid providing basic benefits to their drivers, now considered essential workers, in their largest US market: California. In response to a lawsuit by the California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a judge found the companies’ drivers to be employees and ordered Uber and Lyft to act…
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September 25, 2021 0

Sorry, Uber. Anti-racism slogans are all very well – but how about paying a decent wage? | Arwa Mahdawi

We live in a golden age of brand activism: multinational corporations no longer want to simply flog you stuff, they want to lecture you about social justice at the same time. Take Uber, for example. The ride-sharing company, which conquered large swathes of the world by flouting regulations and classifying its drivers as contractors so…
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September 24, 2021 0

Uber to pay pensions to all its UK drivers, backdated to 2017

Uber is to pay out millions of pounds in missed pension payments to UK drivers dating back as far as 2017 under a deal with the retirement savings watchdog. The ride hailing company was forced to guarantee its 70,000 UK drivers a minimum hourly wage, holiday pay and pensions in March this year after a…
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September 23, 2021 0