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California Wants Judge to Force Uber, Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

California plans to ask a state court judge to force Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify their ride-hail drivers as employees rather than contractors, ratcheting up the tension over a new gig worker law. Shares of both companies …

As Coronavirus Threatens Gig Workers, Uber Presses for New Worker Classification

As independent contractors, U.S. ride-hail drivers for Uber and Lyft benefited from soaring trip demand and flexible work hours. But as the coronavirus brings large parts of the country to a halt, drivers and companies are facing the downside of …

Rhode Island Judge Says Jury Should Decide if Uber Can Be Liable for Crash

A jury should determine whether Uber ought to be held responsible for a passenger’s injuries, a federal judge in Rhode Island ruled. A U.S. District Court judge concluded Jan. 16 that jurors should determine whether driver Claudette Issa is considered …

California ‘Gig’ Worker Law Affects Employers Inside and Outside the State

A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be …

Supreme Court Lets Stand American Family Ruling Agents Are Independent Contractors

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal brought by insurance agents of American Family Insurance Co. who have claimed they were wrongly classified as independent contractors and denied benefits. The high court’s decision to not review …

Uber, Lyft Pledge $60M to Fight Possible California Labor Ballot

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are putting $60 million behind a potential ballot measure to ensure they don’t have to reclassify their California drivers as employees. The ride-hailing giants and other gig companies that rely on contractors who aren’t …

Small Businesses Under Scrutiny Over Classifying Independent Contractors

Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren’t employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare …

U.K. Food Delivery Service Riders Lose Employment Rights Bid

A trade union lost a U.K. court bid for the right to lobby Deliveroo over pay and conditions on behalf of the food-delivery service’s riders, in a rare setback for workers in the so-called gig economy. The Independent Workers Union …

U.S. Appeals Court Takes Up American Family Agent/Employee Classification Case

A federal appeals court in Ohio on July 31 heard arguments by opposing attorneys in a class action involving whether agents working for an insurance carrier on an exclusive basis should be classified as independent contractors or as company employees. …

Top Insurance Journal Midwest Stories of 2017

A bad broker, classic cars that got destroyed in a fire and insurer rating downgrades were among the most widely read news stories in Insurance Journal’s Midwest region in 2017. Broker Gone Bad One story that generated much interest among …