Brian Melley

Government, Business

California Court Rejects Suit Challenging Independent Contractor Exemption

Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) Dozens of AB 5 supporters rally at California's Capitol in Sacramento in August 2019. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

The California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Feb. 3 that sought to overturn a ballot measure that makes app-based ride-hailing and delivery drivers independent contractors instead of employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Brian Melley | Associated Press
February 4, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Uber, Lyft Spend Big, Win in California Vote About Drivers

Uber sign Travelers request an Uber ride at Los Angeles International Airport. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.

Brian Melley | Associated Press
November 4, 2020