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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 28, 2020 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 16, 2020 0

Is this the end for the gig economy? | Aaron Benanav

Having threatened to pull out of California completely, Uber and Lyft recently won a temporary reprieve from orders to reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The companies argued they could not come up with a plan for doing so overnight, even though more than two years have passed since California’s supreme court…
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August 24, 2020 0

All hail the California court that put the brakes on Uber and co | John Naughton

Last Monday, the superior court of California handed down a landmark judgment that looks like taking the wind out of the sails of at least some parts of the “gig economy”. The case was brought by the attorney general of the state of California, together with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and…
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August 22, 2020 0

Lyft to suspend services in California over order to classify drivers as employees

Lyft has announced it will suspend its services in California starting Thursday at 11.59pm PT unless a court allows them to continue to classify drivers as contractors. The company and its primary competitor Uber are awaiting a landmark decision from a court in the state, which would enforce a new labor law known as AB5.…
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August 20, 2020 0

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification

Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a better future. The coronavirus pandemic has hit so-called gig economy workers hard and ramped up…
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August 19, 2020 0