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Instacart faces lawsuit from DC Attorney General over ‘deceptive’ service fees

Instacart is facing a lawsuit from Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine that alleges the company charged customers millions of dollars in “deceptive service fees” and failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sales tax. The suit seeks restitution for customers who paid those service fees, as well as back taxes and on interest on taxes owed to D.C. The suit specifically alleges Instacart misled customers regarding the 10% service fee to think it was a tip for the deli...
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The ultimate guide to navigating AB5, the California law Uber and Lyft are fighting with a November ballot measure, as a freelancer or business owner

Uber and Lyft drivers protest in support of California Assembly Bill 5. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) requires company workers to be considered as employees, with some exemptions. Hirers must now use an ABC test to prove that workers are independent contractors. The law can have adverse effects on businesses and freelancers in California, as new regulations change who can be hired and the amount of work they can submit to remain contractors. AB5, which went i...
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What an independent contractor actually is and how it's classified under California's Assembly Bill 5, the gig worker law Uber, Lyft, and others are fighting with a November ballot measure

California's Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) went into effect in January, adopting a narrow definition of independent contractor that forces Uber and other gig economy businesses to choose between reclassifying workers as employees or risking significant liability for misclassification. The law serves as a reminder to California businesses to be careful when classifying workers as contractors.  Classifying independent contractors falls into two main categories: the "right to control" test (often called ...
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Uber and Lyft have poured millions of dollars into a November ballot measure to keep California drivers paid as independent contractors without benefits (UBER, LYFT)

Proposition 22 is a November ballot measure that aims to exempt ride-sharing and food-delivery firms from AB5, a California gig worker law that forces Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees. Prop 22 was created and funded by Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Postmates, and Instacart as a way to skirt AB5. Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have given $30 million to support the measure. If Californians vote the measure into effect in November, Uber and Lyft will get exactly what they want and will be a...
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Uber and Lyft say the battle over AB-5 is about preserving flexibility for part-time gig workers. The reality is their businesses have become dependent on full-time drivers and they can't afford to pay them like employees. (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft are in the fight of their lives in California over drivers' employment status, and voters could end up deciding the issue this November. A court ruled that drivers are employees, not independent contractors, under the state's gig work law, AB-5, but the companies are pushing a ballot measure that would exempt them from the law. They argue they're trying to preserve maximum flexibility for the hundreds of thousands of part-time gig workers who make up the majority of their platfor...
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Uber and Lyft are threatening to shut down their operations in California, and experts warn that drivers have the most to lose if they do: 'Drivers are the ones who get screwed' (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft have said they may shut down their California operations on Friday, arguing that they won't be able to comply with a law mandating that drivers be classified as employees.  But experts told Business Insider not to expect it to harm either company's business very much — it's drivers who have the most to lose from a shut-down.  "Essentially, I feel like someone who is almost getting justice, but in the meantime, getting blackmailed for it," Edan Alva, a Lyft driver based in the San...
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Uber and Lyft are threatening to shut down their operations in California, and experts warn that 'drivers are the ones who get screwed' (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft have said they may shut down their California operations on Friday, arguing that they won't be able to comply with a law mandating that drivers be classified as employees.  But experts told Business Insider not to expect it to harm either company's business very much — it's drivers who have the most to lose from a shut-down.  "Essentially, I feel like someone who is almost getting justice, but in the meantime, getting blackmailed for it," Edan Alva, a Lyft driver based in the San...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, Uber, California, Trends, Austin, Msnbc, Alva, Business Insider, San Francisco Bay Area, Campbell, Austin Texas, Google Facebook, Uber Lyft, Uber and Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi


UberEats could be underpaying delivery drivers on 30% of trips, according to a programmer who reportedly built a tool that found the app was lowballing the miles that drivers traveled (UBER)

An Uber Eats driver claimed he collected data showing that the company has been consistently underpaying drivers, Salon reported Thursday. The driver, who is also a computer programmer, built a tool for drivers to track their trips and determine if the company was paying them fairly, and found that Uber wasn't paying them for an average of 2.5 miles driven on 25-30% of trips, according to Salon. Despite a surge in demand for food delivery during the pandemic, workers have seen their pay declin...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Trends, Instacart, Uber Lyft, Samii, Armin Samii


Uber and Lyft will will not shut down in California after receiving an emergency stay in their court battle over driver's rights (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft will not shut down in California after all.  The companies on Thursday received an emergency stay in their appeal of a ruling that said drivers must be classified as employees and not contractors.   In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 22, which would would create a pooled fund to pay for healthcare, overtime, and other benefits for workers that could follow them between apps and jobs.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber and Lyft will not shut...
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Uber sends ominous message to riders in California ahead of its possible shutdown (UBER, LYFT)

Uber warned California customers of its possible shutdown in a push alert message Tuesday night.  The notification linked to a blog post explaining the labor dispute and its ballot proposal.  If a judge doesn't grant Uber and Lyft's request for a stay in a decision from last week, the apps could shut down Thursday night.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Uber had a dire message for its customers in California Tuesday night. "Ridesharing in CA may be suspended," the company...
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Uber, Lyft to temporarily halt California service if drivers are reclassified as employees

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft say they will temporarily suspend service in California beginning Friday if they’re forced to reclassify their self-employed drivers as employees with benefits. In a blog post shared Tuesday with drivers, San Francisco-based Uber said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had obtained a court order requiring rideshare companies to hire drivers as employees immediately — or else shut down. “We’ve appealed this decision, but if we are not successful in our ap...
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A Stanford economics professor who was once an Uber driver says Uber and Lyft are not 'exploiting' drivers, so California's new AB5 law creates more problems than it solves (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft are still attempting to battle the new AB5 law in California which classifies rideshare drivers as employees, entitled to benefits such as health insurance and paid time off. The companies say they want to create a new category of workers, gig workers, that allows them to pay workers cash for things like health insurance premiums. But Stanford economics professor Paul Oyer tells Business Insider that neither the law nor the new category are very good ideas.  Oyer is a labor econo...
Tags: Lyft, California, Stanford, Trends, New York Times, Illinois, Instacart, New York New Jersey, Uber Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, Julie Bort, Paul Oyer, Oyer, Paul Oyer Oyer


The Great Gig Work Flexibility Debate

A debate is raging around whether workers have to choose between the flexibility of gig work or the benefits and protections offered by traditional W2 employment.  On one side are those who believe Uber and Lyft drivers - and most other gig workers - should be classified as traditional W2 employees. They argue there's nothing in labor law that prevents companies from offering employees as much work flexibility as gig work does.  They say gig companies should hire all their worker...
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Don’t let California politicians cancel the gig economy

California is once again robbing its residents of opportunity. Sobbing hearts have decided gig workers aren’t earning enough money or receiving the benefits they deserve. In January, California changed labor law to make it more difficult for companies to hire workers as independent contractors. Now a judge has ruled that Uber and Lyft are breaking that law and must classify their drivers as “employees.” When I was in college, I heavily relied on my job as a dog walker. I was doing my best to pay...
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Uber and Lyft just lost their bid to delay a court order in California that says their drivers must be classified as employees (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft on Wednesday threatened to shut down their apps in California over a long-running labor dispute.  The companies requested a 10 day delay on a prior ruling that said drivers must be classified as employees.  On Thursday, the judge denied that request.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A California judge on Thursday refused to grant Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc more time to appeal his decision requiring the ride-hailing companies to classify drivers in tha...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Trends, John Zimmer, Uber Technologies Inc, Lyft Inc, Uber Lyft, Los Angeles San Diego, Schulman, Assembly Bill, Ethan Schulman, Uber Lyft DoorDash Instacart


Lyft reports a 61% revenue slowdown as the coronavirus hobbles ride-hailing, but still manages to beat Wall Street expectations (LYFT)

Lyft on Wednesday reported second-quarter financial results that beat Wall Street's expectations.  Unlike Uber, Lyft has no food delivery or international businesses to rely on for revenue as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the US.  Shares of the ride-hailing company initially jumped in late trading on news that ride requests were picking up again, before erasing their gains.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Lyft on Wednesday revealed its lowest quarterly re...
Tags: Lyft, US, Trends, United States, North America, Logan Green, Roberts, EBITDA, Uber Lyft, Shares of Lyft, Brian Robert


Uber and Lyft threaten to temporarily shut down in California over labor disputes (UBER)

Both Uber and Lyft said they could temporarily shut down in California if forced to consider its drivers employees.  On Monday, a court ruled in favor of labor activists in ordering Uber and other gig-work firms to pay workers as employees, not contractors. The companies requested a 10-day stay on the ruling.  A group of companies that rely on independent contractors have proposed a "third" way of classifying workers, including a benefits pool that can follow workers across apps and platforms ...
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Uber CEO threatens to temporarily shut down the app in California over labor disputes (UBER)

Uber's CEO said the company could temporarily shut down in California if forced to consider its drivers employees.  On Monday, a court ruled in favor of labor activists in ordering Uber and other gig-work firms to pay workers as employees, not contractors.  A group of companies that rely on independent contractors have proposed a "third" way of classifying workers, including a benefits pool that can follow workers across apps and platforms while maintaining flexibility.  Visit Business Insider...
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Lyft couldn't pivot to food delivery or overseas markets as the coronavirus decimated ride-hail in the US. Here's what to expect from its earnings report. (LYFT)

Lyft will reveal its second-quarter financial results on Wednesday afternoon.  Unlike Uber, which reported last week, Lyft didn't have a delivery arm to lean on as the coronavirus decimated rides requests.  Analysts expect the company to report its lowest revenues in more than three years.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Lyft will report its second-quarter results on Wednesday afternoon, providing the first comprehensive look at just how badly the coronavirus pandemic hur...
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Court orders Uber, Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees in California

Uber and Lyft are being ordered by a California judge to reclassify their drivers in the state as employees -- the latest development in an escalating legal battle over a new law impacting much of the on-demand economy.
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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...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, California, Court, Tech, Automotive, New York Times, SEC, Company, The Company, San Francisco Superior Court, Uber Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, PAGA, COVID


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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A California judge ruled that Uber and Lyft have to classify their drivers as employees, not contractors (UBER, LYFT)

Uber and Lyft will have to treat their California drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, a judge ruled Monday. The two companies were sued by the California attorney general to enforce a new labor law passed earlier this year by the state that requires gig workers to receive the same benefits and treatment as full-time employees. Uber and Lyft both plan to appeal Monday's ruling. The companies have argued that reclassifying drivers as employees could wreak havoc on their bus...
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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


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 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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New York must pay Uber and Lyft drivers unemployment benefits after an 'inexcusable delay,' a federal judge ruled (UBER, LYFT)

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the state must quickly pay unemployment benefits to Uber and Lyft drivers, earlier reported by The New York Times. Drivers and an advocacy group sued the state, saying it was taking too long to pay drivers, and Tuesday's ruling requires the state to clear its backlog within 45 days as the case proceeds in court. Drivers have struggled to receive unemployment during the pandemic and have blamed Uber and Lyft for failing to provide earnings data to ...
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15 organizers behind worker movements at Amazon, Google, Uber, Kickstarter, and other tech companies say the industry has reached an inflection point and that things aren't going back to the way they were before (UBER, AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Tech workers across pay scales, job types, geographies, and companies have joined together in unprecedented shows of solidarity. Even higher-paid workers, traditionally reliable cheerleaders for their employers, are more comfortable speaking out — often publicly — to advocate for coworkers and a larger voice over how business is done. The widening rift between rank-and-file employees and executives has been years in the making, but a global pandemic and sweeping protests against systemic racis...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Labor, US, Trends, Tech, Kickstarter, Jeff Bezos, Smith, Instacart, Steve Smith, Us Department Of Defense, Bay Area


California’s crackdowns on the gig economy

California Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower has filed her office’s first lawsuit against a company for allegedly violating labor laws by classifying its workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Unlike independent contractors, employees in California are entitled to minimum wage, overtime, rest periods, reimbursement of business expenses, paid sick leave and various notifications, including specific information that must be printed correctly on pay stubs. But companies in th...
Tags: Lyft, California, Opinion, Sport, Customers, Soccer, Editorials, San Diego, Southern California, California Labor, Uber Lyft, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Bellflower, Xavier Becerra, Lilia Garcia Brower