The Next Battleground for Gig Worker Labor Laws: Massachusetts

Uber and Lyft are pushing a ballot measure that would bar their drivers from full employment status, but a court could throw it out.

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Taking the Fight for Safe, Legal Abortion to the States

A novel Michigan lawsuit will attempt to continue to make abortion available

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What Travelers Should Know About the Federal Mask Mandate

After a federal mask mandate was struck down on Monday, travelers are facing a patchwork of rules spanning air travel, trains, buses, cruise ships and ride-hailing services. Here’s what to know.

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At Least 50 People Have Been Killed Doing Gig Driving Since 2017, Report Says

Much attention has been paid to the risks passengers face accepting rides from Uber or Lyft, but drivers can also be in danger.

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Uber Close to Deal for Partnership With San Francisco Taxi Outfit

Passengers could soon use the Uber app to order taxis in a deal similar to one recently announced in New York City.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #san-francisco-calif, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber Partners With Yellow Taxi Companies in N.Y.C.

The ride-hailing giant is partnering with two taxi technology companies in New York City.

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Uber, Lyft Drivers Struggle With High Gas Prices

Some drivers say they find it hard to justify spending hours on the road for Uber or Lyft as fuel costs continue to tick upward.

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Washington State Advances Landmark Deal on Gig Drivers’ Job Status

Lawmakers have passed legislation granting benefits and protections, but allowing Lyft and Uber to continue to treat drivers as contractors.

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U.S. Sues Uber, Saying it Discriminated Against People With Disabilities

The Justice Department says Uber did not adjust its wait time fees for people with disabilities, even when Uber knew someone needed additional time.

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Lyft Says 1,807 Sexual Assaults Occurred in Rides in 2019

The company’s first-ever safety report, which it committed two years ago to producing, also included four fatal assaults and 49 deaths in crashes.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #sex-crimes, #uber-technologies-inc

For Uber and Lyft, the Rideshare Bubble Bursts

Rideharing companies made a lot of promises. They’re not being kept.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

Why You Might Not Be Returning to the Office Until Next Year

After the Delta variant disrupted plans to reopen after Labor Day, many businesses pushed their targets further out or left them open-ended.

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Companies Stay Quiet on Texas’ New Abortion Law

Businesses that expressed opposition to restrictive voting laws are declining to take a similar stand on the abortion measure.

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A Judge Declared California’s Gig Worker Law Unconstitutional. Now What?

The law, the result of a $200 million proposition fight last year, ensures that workers like Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors.

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California’s Gig Worker Law Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Last year, more than $200 million was spent on campaigning for a state proposition that ensured workers like Uber and Lyft drivers were considered independent contractors.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

Yellow Cabs and Subways: Everything Old Is New Again

Fewer taxis are on the streets, but for many New Yorkers, cabs and subways are inspiring a nostalgic (and budget-conscious) fervor.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transit-systems, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Ramp Up Efforts to Shield Business Model

Gig economy companies are backing state laws in New York and elsewhere that would cement drivers’ status as contractors in exchange for a union.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Surges: What to Know

The companies say they are charging extra because they don’t have enough drivers to match rebounding customer demand.

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How ‘The Drivers Cooperative’ Is Trying to Compete With Uber and Lyft in N.Y.

About 2,500 drivers in New York are organizing to create what they say is a better deal for drivers than what the ride-hailing giants offer.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cooperatives, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #uber-technologies-inc

Why Do British Uber Drivers Deserve Better Benefits?

Gig work doesn’t have to be a race to the bottom.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Biden Should Help Protect Uber and Lyft Drivers

The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.

#albertsons-inc, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

Pandemic Pushes N.Y.C. Cabbies to the Brink: ‘I Can’t Hold On’

While some businesses have adapted to virus restrictions, the yellow cab industry is especially suffering.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment

Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Independent

The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.

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It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

California, Reject Prop 22

Gig workers deserve the dignity of fair compensation.

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Seattle Passes Minimum Pay Rate for Uber and Lyft Drivers

The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #seattle-wash, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Could Gain From U.S. Rule Defining Employment

The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #overtime, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Threaten to Shut Down in California

The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber and Lyft Are Toying With Drivers’ Livelihoods

Both are threatening to pull out of California this week over a law requiring them to treat their workers as full-fledged employees.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #paid-time-off, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber and Lyft Consider Franchise-Like Model in California

Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.

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Uber and Lyft Drivers Win Ruling on Unemployment Benefits

A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.

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Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers

A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #healey-maura-1971, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Well Paid? It Depends on the Study

Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.

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Uber Rides Cost More? OK

Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.

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The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly.

Lyft, Uber and Airbnb depend on travel, vacations and gatherings. That’s a problem when much of the world is staying home.

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California Sues Uber and Lyft, Claiming Workers Are Misclassified

The ride-hailing companies are accused of defying a new state law that says gig workers should be treated as employees.

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I’m Grateful for Bad Virtual Life

Thank goodness for crummy video conferencing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lyft-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

Jobless Claims by Uber and Lyft Drivers Revive Fight Over Labor Status

California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #newsom-gavin, #quarantines, #su-julie-a, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance

Uber and Lyft Are Searching for Lifelines

The ride-hailing competitors started the year with optimism. Now, like most other companies, they’re trying to survive the cratering economy.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #epidemics, #lyft-inc, #quarantines, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work

Gig companies promoted their flexible hours as an economic lifeline for workers. In the coronavirus outbreak, it has been anything but.

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