Oct 3, 2019

Uber launches job app for gig economy workers

Uber is testing new ground with an app to put casual workers in touch with employers, as it faces an increasingly tough climate for its core ride-hailing business. California recently passed legislation designed to pave the way for so-called "Gig workers" to become employees and gain additional rights, which is expected to increase costs for firms such as Uber. Millions of American workers use staffing agencies, Uber said in a blog post announcing the venture. Uber will focus on making the app successful in Chicago, where it has already operated in a test phase for the past year, before introducing it elsewhere, it added. Uber Works has agreed partnerships with staffing agencies in Chicago that employ, pay and handle worker benefits, potentially side-stepping this issue with the new platform.

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