Employee vs. contractor News

Uber, Lyft Seeking to Kill California Law App-Based Drivers

Californians are being asked decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees. The battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and labor …

California Judge Blocks Uber, Lyft From Classifying Drivers as Contractors

A California judge on Monday granted the state’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The judge signaled last week he might be leaning against …

California Labor Commissioner Sues Gig Car Wash for Misclassifying Workers

The Labor Commissioner’s Office has filed a lawsuit against a gig-economy car wash company in Southern California for violating labor laws by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Mobile Wash Inc. of Bellflower misclassified at least 100 workers, harming both the …

California Attorney General and City Attorneys Sue Uber, Lyft for Worker Misclassification

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, on Tuesday sued Uber and Lyft for misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors in violation of the law. Pursuant to authority codified by …

Gig Economy Law Talk of California Insurance Wholesalers Conference

A sweeping California gig economy law was the focus of a lot of the talk this year during an annual insurance wholesalers conference. Assembly Bill 5, California’s gig worker law was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September and in …

Uber Halts Upfront Ride Pricing in Response to New California Worker Law

Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday informed its California customers that it would switch to providing estimates as opposed to fixed prices for its rides in response to a new law that makes it harder to qualify its drivers as contractors. …

Uber And Lyft Will Ask California Voters to Block Employee Law

Some of the country’s largest ridesharing companies proposed a California law on Tuesday that would let them continue to treat drivers as independent contractors while also guaranteeing them a minimum wage and money for health insurance. The state Legislature enacted …

Arch Nemesis of Uber over Driver Pay Sues Before New California Law Inked

It didn’t take long for attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan to deploy a new weapon in her six-year war with Uber Technologies Inc. over driver pay. Within hours of Uber thumbing its nose at a pending California labor law that could upend …

California Assembly Approves Bill to Tighten Rules on Contractors

The California Assembly has voted to tighten the rules for labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The legislation passed last week could have big implications for how workers are treated in everything from trucking to the janitorial business …

Decision in Uber Employee vs. Contractor Suit Cuts Driver Bargaining Power

Uber drivers seeking pay and benefits like those employees get were handed a big defeat by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. A panel of court justices ruled that drivers must go through arbitration and could not continue …