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Uber and Lyft-backed Prop. 22 passes in big loss for California’s gig drivers

Uber and Lyft-backed Prop. 22 passes in big loss for California's gig drivers

58 percent of California voters cast their ballot for Proposition 22, meaning ride-hailing companies’ drivers in the state will continue to be classified as independent contractors instead of employees. It’s a significant win for Uber and Lyft, and a significant loss for drivers.

Backed by Uber and Lyft, Prop. 22 classifies drivers for app-based transport and delivery companies as independent contractors, rendering them ineligible for employee benefits such as healthcare, paid sick leave, and a minimum wage. This proposition was an effort to circumvent Assembly Bill 5, a California worker classification law which categorised gig drivers and couriers as employees.  Read more…

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