gig economy News

Uber Refusing to Label Drivers as Employees Under California Law

Facing the most serious threat yet to its business model, Uber Technologies Inc. is dusting off a legal argument it has employed with mixed results: that it’s a technology platform, not a transportation company. Now, as a new California law …

California Truckers Worrying over New ‘Gig Worker’ Rules

California trucking companies that haul everything from summer strawberries to cars and Christmas toys say they are under threat from a bill that could turn so-called gig workers into employees. California state Senators late on Tuesday passed AB5, proposed legislation …

Bill to Tighten “Gig” Worker Rule Passed by California Senate

The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for gig economy companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The bill, …

Madrid Court Rules Deliveroo Food-Delivery Couriers Are Employees, Not Freelancers

A Madrid court ruled on Tuesday that couriers for online food delivery group Deliveroo are company employees, not just freelancers, clearing the way for workers to demand a formal contract and corresponding benefits. So-called gig workers, such as food-delivery couriers, …

London’s Uber Drivers Sue City’s Mayor for ‘Discriminatory’ New Levy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision to charge Uber Technologies Inc. drivers to operate in the city center amounts to racial discrimination and puts some out of business, lawyers for the drivers said Wednesday in court, in the latest stage of …

Paying Gig Workers Emerges as ‘Getaround’ Tactic to Defeat Employee Lawsuits

The perennial issue in the gig economy is whether workers should be classified as employees. Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and other companies that rely on contract work have dealt with this question in a number of ways: staging PR …

Motorbike Taxi Firms to Offer E-payment, Insurance Services in West Africa

Motorcycle taxi companies are expanding in West Africa with backing from investors betting that the meteoric rise of two-wheeled taxi firms in Asia can be replicated in some of the fastest growing countries in the world. Four bike taxi firms …

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 …

Car Sharing Lobbyists Battle Car Renting Lobbyists, Driving State Lawmakers Crazy

The bill that turned Illinois into the focal point of a bitter debate over car-sharing last year started as a proposal about what happens when a rental car is stolen. The legislation, which would allow rental companies to punish customers …

EU Parliament Approves Law Establishing Basic Rights for Gig Workers

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a law setting minimum rights for workers in the “gig economy,” a move that may benefit Uber drivers, Deliveroo and Just Eat food couriers and others. Gig workers are usually treated as independent contractors …