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California Labor Commissioner Suing Uber, Lyft for ‘Systemic Wage Theft’

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has filed separate lawsuits against transportation companies Uber and Lyft for committing wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Uber and Lyft have misclassified their drivers, which has deprived these workers of a host …

Nevada Gig Workers Should Get Stopped Benefits, Judge Rules

A Nevada judge said the state unemployment office has to begin paying pandemic relief benefits to out-of-work gig and independent workers who haven’t completely stopped working and were cut off from receiving payments. Judge Barry Breslow in Reno ruled that …

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 …

Canada’s Supreme Court Allows Class Action Seeking Employee Status for Uber Drivers

OTTAWA— Canada’s Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a driver in a gig economy case that paves the way for a class action suit calling for Uber Technologies Inc. to recognize drivers in Canada as company employees. UberEats …

Insurtech Zego Partners with Telematics Firm ABAX to Lower Fleet Insurance Costs

Insurtech Zego has partnered with global telematics firm ABAX in a move designed to drive down the cost of insurance for fleet owners. While some fleets already use on-board telematics devices to improve efficiency, many still operate without them, said …

Insurtech Zego Expands Partnership with RSA to Provide Cover for UK Van Fleets

London-based insurtech Zego has expanded its partnership with RSA Insurance to provide flexible cover for van fleets. Zego is offering usage-based policies to delivery, courier or trade van fleets of 20-200 vehicles in the UK – reducing upfront costs for …

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 …

White Mountains’ NSM Insurance to Buy UK’s Kingsbridge Group

NSM Insurance Group (NSM), a Pennsylvania-headquartered managing general underwriting agency and program administrator for specialty insurance programs, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kingsbridge Group Ltd., a provider in the UK of specialist insurance for skilled contractors and …

Uber Drivers Take Backseat in Clash Between Safety and Customer Privacy

Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only a few months, …

Judge Stalls Uber’s Challenge to Controversial California Job Law

A federal judge has refused to exempt rideshare company Uber and on-demand meal delivery service Postmates from a broad new California labor law while she considers their lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles denied the companies’ request …