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Lawsuit Seeks to Designate Uber, Lyft Drivers as Employees

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking for a court ruling recognizing Uber and Lyft drivers as employees under the state’s wage and hour laws. The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, challenges the designation of drivers as …

Uber Has Spent $19 Million on Coronavirus Financial Assistance for Drivers

Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday for the first time detailed how much it has spent to support its ride-hail drivers and food delivery workers during the coronavirus crisis, which has battered the company and forced it to lay off thousands …

Federal Judge Temporarily Exempts Truck Drivers from California Gig Worker Law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a ‘temporary restraining order.’ U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted on Tuesday …

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Block Gig-Worker Law

Uber Technologies Inc. and Postmates Inc. sued the state of California, alleging that a labor rights law set to go into effect this week is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court is a preemptive strike against …

New Laws in Calif., Colo., Mich., Ore. and La. to Impact Claims Professionals

Legislation that creates potential for more employment law claims in California and a measure that may give attorneys a new tool to extract larger settlements from Colorado auto insurers are among new laws that will impact insurance claims professionals in …

Uber Accused of Cheating the Public in Driver’s Suit Over Pay

Uber Technologies Inc. faces a new legal attack on its refusal to treat drivers as employees that depicts the company as mistreating not just them but the public at large. A lawyer who’s been fighting the ride-hailing giant in court …

Union Splits From Uber and Lyft on California Worker Rights Law

Uber and Lyft suffered a setback in their months-long fight against rules that could force them to reclassify California drivers as employees. The ride-hailing companies, along with other businesses that depend on gig-economy work, have been talking with unions about …

Changes to Gig Economy Expected After Uber Drivers’ $100M Deal

Uber Technologies Inc. resolved the biggest threat to its business by settling with California drivers suing to be treated more like traditional employees, a move that could have broad-ranging implications for companies across the sharing economy. The agreement calls for …

Commentary: Independent Worker Is New Category for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Judges and juries around the country are being asked to decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers and other participants in the “gig economy” are really independent contractors or just employees in disguise. But what if they’re something else altogether? Vince …

Alabama Cracks Down on Employers Who Misclassify Workers

Alabama’s Labor Department agreed Thursday to work with the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on businesses that classify people as independent contractors when they are really regular employees. Alabama Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington and the U.S. Department of …