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California Voters Approve Prop 22, Allowing Uber & Lyft Drivers to Remain as Independent Contractors

California Voters Approve Prop 22, Allowing Uber & Lyft Drivers to Remain as Independent Contractors

California ride-hailing providers Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. will be able to keep their drivers as independent contractors in California as voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 22, an amendment to the state’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) that passed last year. AB5 would otherwise have required that Uber and Lyft, as well as other app-based delivery companies, classify a majority of their drivers working over 40 hours each week on the platform as full-time employees in the state.

FutureCar Staff 2020-11-04 10:00 PT

Uber & Lyft Preparing to Suspend Their Ride-Hailing Service in California Over Labor Dispute

Uber & Lyft Preparing to Suspend Their Ride-Hailing Service in California Over Labor Dispute

​As of midnight tonight, ride-hailing company Lyft will suspend its California ride-hailing operations, and its bigger rival Uber will likely follow, leaving thousands of people without the on-demand transportation they’ve come to rely on for for the first time in over seven years. The move is a result of California's Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect on Jan 1, 2020 and requires ride-hailing companies to classify drivers as employees.

Jeremy Carlton2020-08-20 11:55 PT

Uber CEO Says the Company Might Suspend its California Operations if a Court’s Decision Forcing it Classify Drivers as Full-time Employees is Not Overturned

Uber CEO Says the Company Might Suspend its California Operations if a Court’s Decision Forcing it Classify Drivers as Full-time Employees is Not Overturned

Now that the ongoing pandemic has decimated Uber’s core ride-hailing business over the past few month’s and a California court has ordered Uber to reclassify most driver partners as full-time employees, Uber may temporarily suspending its ride-sharing service in the state. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that Uber would likely shut down temporarily for several months if a court does not overturn its recent ruling.

Jeremy Carlton2020-08-12 10:45 PT

Uber Lays Off 3,700 Employees as it Struggles with a Sudden Loss of Revenue Due to the Coronavirus

Uber Lays Off 3,700 Employees as it Struggles with a Sudden Loss of Revenue Due to the Coronavirus

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic continues to ripple throughout the transportation industry. Today, ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. announced the layoffs of nearly 4,000 employees as the company struggles with the sudden loss of revenue from its core ride-hailing business.

FutureCar Staff 2020-05-06 14:35 PT

Uber is Testing a New Feature in California Allowing Some Drivers to Set Their Own Fares

Uber is Testing a New Feature in California Allowing Some Drivers to Set Their Own Fares

Uber announced on Tuesday its testing a feature that allows some drivers picking up passengers from airports in Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Sacramento to charge up to five times the fare set by the company, Uber said.

Eric Walz2020-01-21 10:55 PT