• New Labor Law Passed by California Senate Would Transform the Gig Economy-And Could Cost Uber $500 Million a Year

    7 days ago - By Fortune

    The California Senate passed a bill that could force Uber and other gig economy giants to reclassify their workers as employees. Such a change would secure labor protections for thousands of people across the state and deal a significant blow to companies that built multi-billion dollar businesses on independent contractors.
    Under the new law, Assembly Bill 5, people in California could generally only be considered contractors if the work they're doing is outside the usual course of a company's business. Companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., which rely on armies of drivers...
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  • California Senate passes bill to define more gig economy workers as employees

    California Senate passes bill to define more gig economy workers as employees

    7 days ago - By Venture Beat

    California lawmakers voted to pass AB5 Tuesday, a bill that if signed into law would define more gig economy workers as employees rather than independent contractors.
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  • California Senate passes bill to tighten 'gig' worker rule

    8 days ago - By Reuters

    The California State Senate voted on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make it much more difficult for companies like Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees.
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  • California Senate passes ride-share bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers

    8 days ago - By Washington Post

    Former Obama officials have gone to work for Uber and Lyft. With a new rideshare bill, they're pitted against presidential candidates and fresh faces in Congress.
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  • California passes landmark bill that requires Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees

    8 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    California legislators have passed a bill that would treat workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft as employees, giving them access to improved wage and benefit protections.
    The 29-11 vote passed on late Tuesday sends the bill - dubbed Assembly Bill 5, or AB 5 - back to the State Assembly for final approval. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who has maintained his support for the bill, is expected to approve it.
    The proposal, expected to go into effect January 1, had drawn sharp opposition from ridesharing companies and on-demand delivery firms. When Uber, which...
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  • Gig worker bill AB-5 passes in California

    8 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Assembly Bill 5, the gig worker bill opposed by the likes of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, has passed in the California State Senate. This comes shortly after California Governor Gavin Newsom officially put his support behind AB 5 in an op-ed .
    The bill needed 21 votes to pass in the State Senate. It passed in a 29 to 11 vote this evening.
    The next step is for Governor Newsom to sign the bill into law, which he is expected to do. If he signs the bill, it will go into effect at the beginning of 2020.
    “AB 5 is only the beginning,” Gig Workers Rising member and driver Edan Alva said in a...
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  • California passes landmark bill to treat contract workers as employees, sending it to the governor for signature

    California passes landmark bill to treat contract workers as employees, sending it to the governor for signature

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    California on Tuesday approved a landmark bill that would consider contractors for companies like Uber and Lyft as employees.
    The bill passed in a 29 to 11 vote in the State Senate, according to the New York Times , and it would apply to companies that use apps to manage their goods and services.
    The landmark move will likely affect over 1 million workers in California. The bill's passage comes after years of debate on how to better manage a gig-based economy as people begin to shift their employment towards contract work.
    California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said on Twitter that the...
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  • California Passes Landmark Bill to Remake Gig Economy

    8 days ago - By NY Times

    With the bill's passage, California's ride-hailing drivers, food-delivery couriers, janitors and others are set to be reclassified as employees and not contractors.
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