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.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #massachusetts, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Taking the Fight for Safe, Legal Abortion to the States

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

#abortion, #amazon-com-inc, #citigroup-inc, #democratic-party, #lyft-inc, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #uber-technologies-inc, #yelp

Good Products and Bad Businesses

Some digital inventions have seemed brilliant, but their business plans might not work.

#computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #internal-sub-only-nl, #spotify, #uber-technologies-inc

Instacart’s Pandemic Boom Is Fading

The grocery delivery start-up changed its leadership, slashed its valuation and shifted its strategy after sales slowed.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #e-commerce, #instacart, #mehta-apoorva, #sequoia-capital, #simo-fidji, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #uber-technologies-inc

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.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #american-airlines, #amtrak, #carnival-cruise-lines, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #delta-air-lines-inc, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #lyft-inc, #masks, #rebates-and-refunds, #transit-systems, #transportation, #travel-and-vacations, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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

Anna Delvey and the Tinder Swindler: Why We Fall for Scams

You might think you wouldn’t fall for the scams depicted in a crop of new shows about con artists. I know I could.  

#apple-tv-plus, #books-and-literature, #frauds-and-swindling, #garner-julia-1994, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #hulu-com, #inventing-anna-tv-program, #kalanick-travis, #malina-joshua-1966, #netflix-inc, #neumann-adam, #never-simple-a-memoir-book, #seyfried-amanda, #showtime, #simon-leviev, #sorokin-anna-anna-delvey, #super-pumped-tv-program, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #the-dropout-tv-program, #the-tinder-swindler-tv-program, #theranos-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wecrashed-tv-program, #wework-companies-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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc

Toronto’s Tech Industry Is Quietly Booming

For all the excitement around places like Austin and Miami, the biggest tech expansion has been in Canada’s largest city.

#colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hinton-geoffrey-e, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #research, #toronto-ontario, #twitter, #uber-technologies-inc, #university-of-toronto, #university-of-waterloo, #urtasun-raquel

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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #grubhub-inc, #lyft-inc, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #uber-technologies-inc

Florida Lawmakers Advance Homophobia to DeSantis’s Desk

#chapek-robert-a, #desantis-ron, #florida, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #internal-sub-only-nl, #state-legislatures, #super-pumped-tv-program, #uber-technologies-inc

Hollywood Bets Big on the Bad Entrepreneur

With limited series like “The Dropout,” “WeCrashed” and “Super Pumped,” the culture is saturated with ripped-from-the-headlines tales of self-immolating moguls.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #inventing-anna-tv-program, #kalanick-travis, #neumann-adam, #sorokin-anna-anna-delvey, #start-ups, #super-pumped-tv-program, #television, #the-dropout-tv-program, #the-social-network-movie, #theranos-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wecrashed-tv-program, #wework-companies-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #international-brotherhood-of-teamsters, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #washington-state

In ‘Super Pumped,’ the Uber Founder Disrupts His Own Rise

A new Showtime anthology series starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt chronicles the rise of Uber — and the ruthless tactics of its ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick.

#chandler-kyle, #gordon-levitt-joseph, #huffington-arianna, #kalanick-travis, #koppelman-brian, #levien-david, #schacter-beth, #showtime, #super-pumped-tv-program, #tafti-babak, #television, #thurman-uma, #uber-technologies-inc

Marcelo Claure Is Leaving SoftBank

Marcelo Claure became a close confidant of SoftBank’s founder and played a singular role at the Japanese conglomerate. He was seeking roughly $2 billion over several years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #claure-marcelo, #executive-compensation, #japan, #softbank-corporation, #son-masayoshi, #sprint-nextel-corporation, #start-ups, #uber-technologies-inc, #wework-companies-inc

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown ever more rich off big ideas that were developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.

#artificial-intelligence, #bosworth-andrew-1982, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #innovation, #levie-aaron-w, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #quantum-computing, #research, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-technologies-inc

Gig Worker Protections Get a Push in European Proposal

A proposal with widespread political support would entitle drivers and couriers for companies like Uber to a minimum wage and legal protections.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #delivery-services, #europe, #european-commission, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

What Uber’s Spies Really Did

A former co-worker accused the men of wiretapping their colleagues, hacking foreign governments and stealing trade secrets. It wasn’t true, but the allegations still follow them.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #didi-chuxing, #industrial-espionage, #kalanick-travis, #khosrowshahi-dara, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #disabilities, #justice-department, #lyft-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #transportation, #uber-technologies-inc, #wheelchairs

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.

#airbnb, #american-airlines, #bank-of-america-corporation, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #intel-corporation, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #morgan-stanley, #national-public-radio, #paid-time-off, #starbucks-corporation, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-environment

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.

#abortion, #bumble-trading-inc, #corporate-social-responsibility, #hewlett-packard-enterprise-company, #lyft-inc, #match-group-inc, #politics-and-government, #texas, #uber-technologies-inc, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #womens-rights

The Rise and Fall of the World’s Ride-Hailing Giant

Didi pushed the limits and thrived in legal gray areas. Until China cracked down.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #cheng-wei-1983, #china, #didi-chuxing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #xi-jinping

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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #roesch-frank, #service-employees-international-union, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #workerscompensation-insurance

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

Here’s Why Uber Prices Are Soaring and You Can’t Find a Cab

The number of drivers and for-hire cars on the streets plunged during the pandemic, frustrating those seeking rides as the city starts to recover.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-rick, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #new-york-taxi-workers-alliance, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

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.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #uber-technologies-inc, #unemployment-insurance, #wages-and-salaries

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

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

Many in Silicon Valley promised that self-driving cars would be a common sight by 2021. Now the industry is resetting expectations and settling in for years of more work.

#accidents-and-safety, #aurora-innovation-inc, #automobiles, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #musk-elon, #trucks-and-trucking, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976, #waymo

Why Are Tech Companies Pretending to Be Governments?

The decision-making theatrics of Amazon, Facebook and other tech companies underscore the need for government to play a larger role.

#amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #the-end-of-the-myth-from-the-frontier-to-the-border-wall-in-the-mind-of-america-book, #uber-technologies-inc

Warren Buffett Fights Proposals on Climate and Diversity

The Berkshire chief opposes shareholder proposals on climate and diversity.

#berkshire-hathaway-inc, #buffett-warren-e, #emanuel-ariel-z, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #morris-william-endeavor-entertainment, #uber-technologies-inc, #united-states-economy, #walsh-martin-j

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

In a First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

In First, Uber Agrees to Classify British Drivers as ‘Workers’

The new legal classification, which follows a U.K. court ruling last month, will entitle the workers to more pay and benefits, but stops short of making them employees.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber drivers are entitled to worker benefits, a British court rules.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #great-britain, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Uber, After Buying Postmates, Lays Off More Than 180 Employees

The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #food, #khosrowshahi-dara, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mobile-applications, #postmates-inc, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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

Food Delivery Is Keeping Uber Alive. Will It Kill Restaurants?

Uber built a business on the backs of drivers and, now, restaurants. But the company’s chief Dara Khosrowshahi says it’s not part of the ‘menace economy.’

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber Jettisons Flying Car Project

A day after handing its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, Uber is ridding itself of another expensive operation.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #joby-aero-inc-joby-aviation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups, #uber-elevate, #uber-technologies-inc

Uber Giving Self-Driving Car Project to a Start-Up

Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pittsburgh-pa, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #urmson-chris-p-1976

‘Field of Broken Dreams’: London’s Growing Taxi Graveyards

Confronted with deserted streets during the pandemic, drivers are turning in their rented black cabs by the hundreds.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc

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