California ballot measure keeps "gig" in gig economy

Nov 4, 2020
Prop 22 bypasses a state law that would have reshaped the gig economy.
A ride share driver participates in a protest against Proposition 22 in August in Los Angeles, California.
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Gig companies throw lots of cash -- and tech -- at California ballot measure

Oct 26, 2020
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
A ride-share driver holds up a sign urging Californians to vote "no" on Prop 22 in Oakland, California, on Oct. 9, 2020.
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Uber and Lyft can keep driving in California ... for now

Aug 20, 2020
Both companies had threatened to shut down if a ruling went into effect Friday morning that would have forced them to treat all their drivers as employees.
Uber and Lyft drivers with Rideshare Drivers United and the
 Transport Workers Union of America conduct a cravan protest outside the California Labor Commissioner’s office in April.
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Uber, Lyft threaten to stop service in California

Aug 20, 2020
The dispute could put jobs at stake during the pandemic.
The conflict has come after a judge supported a state law that classifies drivers as employees, not contractors.
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Must workers choose between benefits and flexibility?

Aug 11, 2020
The debate over gig worker classification has called labor law into question.
A ride-share driver in Los Angeles calls for enforcing California Assembly Bill 5, which requires some companies to reclassify independent contractors as employees.
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Uber and Lyft have to classify drivers as employees, California judge orders

The ride-hailing companies now have 10 days to appeal the ruling.
Uber and Lyft have continued to put their drivers down as independent contractors, even after a new law mandating against that practice took effect.
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California court to rule on gig worker classification

Aug 5, 2020
The issue has big implications for workers' access to safety net benefits that have become crucial during the pandemic.
A driver takes part in a caravan protest against Uber and Lyft in Los Angeles. For many ride-share drivers, unemployment insurance and other benefits are major issues.
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An algorithm determines gig workers' pay — and they don't like it

Jul 13, 2020
Gig workers' livelihoods are increasingly ruled by mysterious — and unpredictable — software.
Drivers protest Uber and Lyft pay policies at LAX in 2019.
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Contested gig worker classification causes issues with jobless benefits

May 27, 2020
A group of ride share drivers have sued New York over unemployment hold ups.
Demonstrators call for unemployment benefits in Los Angeles in April.
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