Nov 4, 2020

Uber and Lyft win battle over driver status in California

Voters in California have passed a measure that will see freelance workers continue to be classified as independent contractors, in a victory for companies such as Uber and Lyft. The new measure, Proposition 22, was backed by Uber, Lyft and DoorDash. The California Labour Federation had accused supporters of Prop 22, as it was colloquially known, of "Attempting to buy their own law through the ballot measure process". Declaring the success of the vote, which formed part of the wider presidential election, Uber said: "Today, California voters agreed that instead of eliminating independent work, we should make it better." Massachusetts voted in laws guaranteeing people could repair their own property, including by unlocking advanced telematic data in cars so third parties or owners could carry out vehicle maintenance....

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