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California Judge Rules Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, a shift that would guarantee benefits like overtime, sick leave and expense reimbursement for workers who make up much of the freewheeling gig economy. But the ruling from San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman won’t take effect right away as both Uber and Lyft said Monday they will immediately appeal to a higher co...
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Shares of Uber, Lyft drift lower after California judge says that contract drivers are employees

Shares of Uber and Lyft dipped modestly after a California judge granted a preliminary injunction that TechCrunch reports could force the two American ride-hailing companies to reclassify drivers as employees in the state. Uber’s stock is off about 1.3% following the cessation of normal trading hours after dipping around 2% in regular trading. Lyft’s stock is down a sharper 2.1%, though its shares rose during regular trading, making the impact of its after-hours declines smaller in aggrega...
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California wins preliminary injunction against Uber, Lyft

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. were ordered to convert their California drivers from independent contractors to employees with benefits, an early loss in a court battle the gig economy can’t afford to lose. The judge’s ruling Monday won’t be the last word, as the ride-hailing companies are expected to appeal the far-reaching preliminary injunction that could make them halt their services as they figure out how to adjust their business model to comply with it. A threat to the gig economy ...
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California Judge Orders Uber and Lyft To Classify Drivers As Employees

A California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees in a stunning preliminary injunction issued Monday afternoon. The Verge reports: The injunction is stayed for 10 days, however, giving Uber and Lyft an opportunity to appeal the decision. Uber said it planned to file an immediate emergency appeal to block the ruling from going into effect. [...] Drivers' groups hailed the ruling as forward progress in their fight to upend Uber and Lyft. "Today's ruling affirms w...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Tech, Southern California, Uber and Lyft, Mike Robinson, Dara Khosrowshahi, The New York Times Uber, Mobile Workers Alliance


CA Judge grants preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees

California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman has granted a preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees. This order is set to go into effect in ten days. “The Court is under no illusion that implementation of its injunction will be costly,” Judge Schulman wrote in the order. “There can be no question that in order for Defendants to comply with A.B. 5, they will have to change the nature of their business practices in significant ways, such as by hiring...
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Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees, judge rules, in blow to gig economy

Preliminary injunction in California follows state’s lawsuit against companies over new labor lawA California judge has issued a preliminary injunction that will block Uber and Lyft from classifying their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.The move on Monday came in response to a May lawsuit filed by the state of California against the companies, which alleged they are misclassifying their drivers under the state’s new labor law. The lawsuit, and Monday’s injunction, are th...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Technology, California, US news, Sharing Economy, Gig Economy


TikTok’s future, gig worker benefits, Xbox rumors | Digital Trends Live

On this Digital Trends Live, we break down the biggest tech stories of the day, including TikTok uncertainty.
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The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi’s day in court

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A series of recent and upcoming vehicle reveals have provided yet another reminder of how automakers are doubling down on tech. This isn’t just about the shift away from knobs and buttons and to...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Europe, California, Washington, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles


Uber CEO: We Can All Agree This Is the Government’s Fault

Earlier today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi took a break from overseeing the company’s current legal struggles to roll out his latest argument as for why his company’s thousands of drivers across the country shouldn’t, in fact, be considered employees. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor, Gig Economy, CEOs, Dara Khosrowshahi


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says gig economy companies should be required to establish 'benefits funds' for workers instead of treating them as full-time employees (UBER)

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said companies like Uber should be required by law to provide "benefits funds" to gig workers in a New York Times op-ed published Monday. Khosrowshahi said the gig-work employment system is "outdated and unfair," and called for laws that would require companies to provide gig workers more benefits without classifying them as full-time employees. Gig workers have called on companies like Uber to give gig workers more benefits that full-time employees receive, like hea...
Tags: Uber, California, Trends, New York Times, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Uber experts say 2 key numbers reveal just how hard COVID-19 has hit the ride-hail giant (UBER)

Uber lost more money than Wall Street expected during the second quarter of this year, but its delivery business grew and its ride-hailing operation made a profit, on an adjusted basis. Business Insider asked two financial analysts what they believe to be the most important number in Uber's second-quarter earnings report. They highlighted the 73% decrease in gross bookings for Uber's ride-hailing business and its overall adjusted loss of $837 billion. Are you a current or former Uber employee?...
Tags: Uber, Trends, White, EBITDA, Wedbush Securities, Tom White, Dan Ives, Though Uber, DA Davidson Overall


Self-driving power-player salaries revealed: How much Waymo, Cruise, and Zoox employees make, from engineers to managers

Many employees at the top self-driving companies make six-figure salaries, according to data the companies have disclosed to the US government. Business Insider analyzed 2020 data from Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Cruise, Waymo, and Zoox. The positions included in this story have salaries ranging from $115,040 to $234,000. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Building a self-driving car is an enormously difficult task that requires gifted engineers who are willing to spend years...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, India, US, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, Cruise, Ford, Arizona, Volkswagen, Argo, Aurora, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo


Coronavirus Clobbers Uber, Leading To $1.8 Billion Quarterly Loss

In the second quarter of 2020, Uber announced that its ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier -- from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. "That was offset somewhat by rapid growth in Uber's delivery business," reports Ars Technica. "Delivery bookings more than doubled from $3.4 billion to $7 billion." From the report: The company lost $1.8 billion in the second quarter on a GAAP basis. Ignoring one-time charges, Uber has been losing around $1 billion per quarter for th...
Tags: Uber, Tech, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Ars Technica Delivery


Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) that looks at all-things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s attorney general. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report — something the company had been holding off on doing for years.  Below, we’ll explore the nua...
Tags: Google, TC, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Evan Spiegel, Bob Marley, Human Capital, Snap, SPIEGEL, O'Connor, Los Angeles San Diego, Uber and Lyft


Uber experts say 2 key data points reveal just how hard COVID-19 has hit the ride-hail giant (UBER)

Uber lost more money than Wall Street expected during the second quarter of this year, but its delivery business grew and its ride-hailing operation made a profit, on an adjusted basis. Business Insider asked two financial analysts what they believe to be the most important number in Uber's second-quarter earnings report. They highlighted the 73% decrease in gross bookings for Uber's ride-hailing business and its overall adjusted loss of $837 billion. Are you a current or former Uber employee?...
Tags: Uber, Trends, White, EBITDA, Wedbush Securities, Tom White, Dan Ives, Though Uber, DA Davidson Overall


Has coronavirus killed the mass transit boom?

For most of the last 30 years, California saw a mass transit boom stretching from San Diego to Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay. Both light and heavy rail joined existing bus systems, providing new options for commuters and local residents to get around. Mass transit also took off as a planning concept. Cities that approve construction of new apartment and office buildings near rail stops often forego requirements for developers to provide parking. Even when they do demand parking spaces, it...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Mta, San Diego, Santa Clara, Ucla, Bart, Mts, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Thomas Elias


Lime finally makes it to Wellington - by dint of buying Jump by Uber

Jump e-Scooters will return to the capital tomorrow - but now owned by Lime rather than Uber.A convoluted US$170m deal in June saw Uber sell its Jump e-bike and e-scooter division to Lime - but with a provision for Uber, which is... [Author: [email protected]]
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Uber’s delivery business is now larger than ride-hailing

Uber reported its and buried in the blizzard of less-than-rosy numbers is a stunning figure that illustrates how much the company has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber’s delivery business — better known as Uber Eats — is now bigger than its original and core ride-hailing division, based on adjusted net revenue. Now, adjusted net revenue tells only a piece of this evolving Uber story. Income, or losses in the case of Uber’s delivery business, are also important. Still, looking at...
Tags: TC, Uber, Tech, Automotive, Earnings, Uber Eats, Ride Hailing, EBITDA, Dara Khosrowshahi


Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California, regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. Schulman did not make a ruling today but said we could all likely expect one to come within a matter of days, rather than weeks. In the hearing, Schulman expressed how hard it is to determine the impact of a pre...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, San Francisco, Tech, Oakland, Gig Economy, Superior Court, AB, Goldberg, Uber Lyft, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman


Uber's CEO took a shot at labor groups, accusing them of being driven by 'politics' in the massive fight over drivers' employment status (UBER, LYFT)

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi slammed labor groups that oppose the company's stance on drivers' employment status, accusing them of being motivated by "politics." During a call with investors Thursday, Khosrowshahi said groups on Uber's side of the issue, conversely, "actually are taking into account the wants and needs of drivers." Uber and other gig economy companies are engaged in a massive legal and political battle, most notably in California, over whether their drivers are employees or inde...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, Trends, Barclays, San Diego, Instacart, Irs, Los Angeles San Francisco, AB, Dara, Ramos, Uber Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Uber reports a $1.78 billion loss as its food-delivery business outshines rides for the first time (UBER)

Uber on Thursday reported a wider loss in the second quarter than Wall Street expected. The company's main rides business was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. To help make up the difference, it leaned on food delivery — which for the first time generated more revenue than its ride-hailing business. Shares fell as much as 5% in after-hours trading shortly after Uber released its earnings report. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber on Thursday reported second-quarter r...
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Uber shares drop 4% after it loses more money than expected in Q2

Today after the bell, American ride-hailing giant Uber released its second quarter results. The company’s revenue fell compared to both the year-ago quarter (Q2 2019), and the sequentially-preceding period (Q1 2020). Investors had anticipated Uber’s declines due to COVID-19, and the company had spent time earlier this year assuring the investing public that it had enough cash to get through 2020 no matter what. In the second quarter, Uber saw gross bookings of $10.2 billion, off 35% compared ...
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California Labor Commissioner Sues Uber And Lyft For Alleged Wage Theft

(CNN) — Uber and Lyft are facing a new round of legal pressure in their home state of California over how they classify their workers. California’s Labor Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it filed lawsuits against the two companies for allegedly committing wage theft by misclassifying their on-demand workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Under a new California law, which went into effect on January 1 and is known as Assembly Bill 5 or AB-5, companies must prove workers...
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Uber is set to reveal how badly the coronavirus hurt its business in the 2nd quarter. Here's what to expect from its pivot to food delivery. (UBER)

Uber will report its second-quarter earnings on Thursday afternoon.  The company saw its core ride-hailing business hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic in the spring and going into summer, and said a worst-case scenario for the year could see requests sink up to 80%.  To make up the difference, Uber has aggressively invested in food delivery, including a deal to buy Postmates. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber on Wednesday will release its second-quarter financial data,...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Hong Kong, Europe, California, US, Trends, Bank Of America, United States, Postmates, Doordash, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi


Inside the rise of Netflix's new 'badass' CMO, who rubs elbows with Anna Wintour and the Obamas and handled crises at Uber and Papa John's

Bozoma Saint John, Netflix's newly named chief marketing officer, has climbed the corporate-marketing ranks over 20 years using her celebrity connections and ability to tie brands like Pepsi and Apple to cultural trends. She's also known as unapologetically outspoken and a role model for women of color — who are notoriously underrepresented in the C-suites of corporations.  Netflix has long been synonymous with streaming video, but it needs to convince people to keep subscribing as new options...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Uber, Hbo, Hollywood, Instagram, Arianna Huffington, Disney, America, Trends, CMO, Netflix, Katy Perry, Michelle Obama, New Orleans, Starz


Melbourne Uber drivers fear for their health as they transport passengers to Covid-19 tests

Rideshare association says there has been no clarity from Victorian government on transporting potentially infectious peopleFollow our Australian live blog on ThursdayMelbourne’s stage 4 restrictions; Victoria stage 3 restrictionsAustralian stats interactive; Vic cases map; NSW cases mapSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailSome Melbourne Uber drivers say they are afraid for their health after unknowingly transporting potentially infectious passengers to Covid-19 testing facilities.M...
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Uber picks up Autocab to push into places its own app doesn’t go

Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which sells SaaS to the taxi and private hire vehicle industry, with the aim of expanding the utility of its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips to local providers who do. No acquisition price has been disclosed and Uber declined to comment on the terms of the deal. Autocab has a SaaS presence in 20 countries globally at this stage, according to an Uber spokeswoman. We’ve asked whether it will be closing a mar...
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Uber and Lyft face new lawsuit from CA Labor Commissioner

Uber and Lyft are both facing another lawsuit from the office of the California Labor Commissioner alleging wage theft. Filed today, the suits argue both Uber and Lyft are misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors and aim to enforce the labor practices set forth by AB 5. “The Uber and Lyft business model rests on the misclassification of drivers as independent contractors,” California Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower said in a statement. “This leaves workers without pro...
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Uber and Lyft just got hit with another lawsuit in California over claims the companies are skirting the state's gig worker law (UBER, LYFT)

California's labor commissioner announced Wednesday that her office is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies are stealing wages from drivers by "willfully misclassifying" them as contractors instead of employees. The suit alleges that Uber and Lyft have failed to pay drivers minimum wage, sick pay, unemployment, and other benefits guaranteed to employees under state law. AB-5, California's hotly debated gig economy law, created stricter requirements for companies seeking to designate wor...
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Anthony Levandowski Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison, As New $4 Billion Lawsuit Against Uber Is Filed

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets. Judge Alsup said that home confinement would "[give] a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison time is the answer to that." During court proceedings today, Levandowski also agreed to pay $756,499.22 in rest...
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