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

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Uber Can Continue Operating in London, Judge Rules

After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #london-england, #transport-for-london, #uber-technologies-inc

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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

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Driver Charged in Uber’s Fatal 2018 Autonomous Car Crash

Investigators said the woman had been watching a video on her phone when the vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.

#driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #herzberg-elaine-1968-2018, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Is Hurting Drivers Like Me in Its Legal Fight in California

We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Former Uber Security Chief Charged With Concealing Hack

Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #justice-department, #sullivan-joe-1968, #uber-technologies-inc

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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

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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

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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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I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better.

Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber’s Ride-Hailing Business Craters, but Deliveries Surge in Pandemic

Uber said revenue fell 29 percent in the second quarter because people traveled less, but food deliveries soared.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #khosrowshahi-dara, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #google-inc, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #levandowski-anthony, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo

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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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dearcy-hall-judge-lashann, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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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

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Want More Diversity? Some Experts Say Reward C.E.O.s for It

Only a small number of large companies have tied executive compensation to goals for hiring and promotion of workers from underrepresented groups.

#black-people, #bonuses, #corporate-social-responsibility, #discrimination, #executive-compensation, #firstenergy-corporation, #hiring-and-promotion, #khosrowshahi-dara, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-environment

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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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cornell-university, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hyman-louis-1977, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #research, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65 Billion

The ride-hailing company’s core business has struggled in the pandemic, and it is betting on growth of its Uber Eats division.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #postmates-inc, #start-ups, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc, #venture-capital

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What Hong Kong’s Pandemic Experience Taught Uber About Other Cities

The city was among the first to close and among the first to reopen. But Uber’s lessons there could be difficult to duplicate elsewhere.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hong-kong, #khosrowshahi-dara, #masks, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Makes Offer to Buy Postmates Delivery Service

The ride-hailing company has been trying to expand its food-delivery business to compensate for the collapse of its main business.

#delivery-services, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #herrera-dennis-j, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #minimum-wage, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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EBay’s Critics Faced an Extreme Case of an Old Silicon Valley Habit

Six former employees were recently named in federal charges that were an indication of the lengths some companies will go to hit back at detractors.

#detectives-private, #ebay-inc, #extortion-and-blackmail, #hewlett-packard-company, #tesla-motors-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Sorry, eBay and Uber. You’re Hated.

Why the middlemen are the internet’s villains.

#airbnb, #amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #ebay-inc, #facebook-inc, #uber-technologies-inc

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Did Washington Get in Uber’s Way?

Uber had been courting Grubhub for months, but the food-delivery rival will sell itself to a European rival instead. Regulations are partly to blame.

#amazon-com-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #federal-reserve-system, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #grubhub-inc, #just-eat-takeaway-com, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states-economy

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Just Eat Takeaway to Acquire Grubhub for $7.3 Billion

The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #groen-jitse, #grubhub-inc, #just-eat-takeaway-com, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber’s Bid for Grubhub Shows That Deals Aren’t Dead Yet

Mergers are taking a hit during the pandemic, but there’s still an appetite for certain types of transactions.

#alexion-pharmaceuticals-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elliott-management, #grubhub-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #uber-technologies-inc

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Uber Said to Be in Talks to Acquire Grubhub

A deal would unite two large players in food delivery as more people order in meals during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #grubhub-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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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.

#airbnb, #chesky-brian, #company-reports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #green-logan, #khosrowshahi-dara, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #limebike, #lyft-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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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.

#becerra-xavier, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #khosrowshahi-dara, #lyft-inc, #paid-time-off, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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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

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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

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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

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‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York’s Virus Epicenter

In a city ravaged by an epidemic, few places have been as hard hit as central Queens.

#caviar-munch-on-me-inc, #city-planning-department-nyc, #claudia-zamora, #corona-queens-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniel-dromm, #day-laborers, #deaths-fatalities, #east-elmhurst-queens-ny, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #elmhurst-hospital-center, #epidemics, #foreign-workers, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #jackson-heights-queens-ny, #labor-and-jobs, #masks, #new-york-city-health-and-hospitals-corp, #new-york-taxi-workers-alliance, #quarantines, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #shutdowns-institutional, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment

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Coronavirus Decimates N.Y.C. Taxi Industry: ‘The Worst It’s Ever Been’

Drivers have contended with Uber and inflated medallion prices. Now the pandemic has caused rides to plummet by two-thirds or more.

#airports, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-corey, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #metropolitan-taxicab-board-of-trade, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #new-york-taxi-workers-alliance, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporate-social-responsibility, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #just-eat-plc, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #paid-time-off, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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