AB 5

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

Group of Uber, Lyft Drivers Ask California Court to Scrap Ballot Measure

A rideshare car displays Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press) A rideshare car displays Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

A group of ride-hail and delivery drivers are suing to invalidate the California ballot measure approved in November that declared them independent contractors, the latest volley in the state’s yearslong struggle over whether gig workers are employees.

Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Independent Contractor Status

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Department of Labor on Jan. 6 issued a final rule revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that it said will “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 6, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

California Appeals Court Rules Motor Carriers Not Exempt From AB 5

California Traffic on a California highway. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

The California Court of Appeals has issued an opinion declaring motor carriers are not exempt from a state law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Arkansas Approves Sales Tax; Rideshare Drivers Score Win in California

Interstate 30 in Arkansas Traffic moves toward the Interstate 403 and I-30 interchange in Little Rock, Ark. The existing 0.5% sales tax for transportation purposes was established in 2012. (Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)

Although the next occupant of the White House remained unclear the day after the election, certain transportation-related issues were definitively settled at the state level Nov. 3.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2020
Government, Business

Appeals Court Orders Uber, Lyft to Treat Drivers as Employees

Lyft and Uber logos are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle at LAX. Lyft and Uber logos are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle at LAX in September 2019. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. face the gravest threat yet to their business models after an appeals court ruled they must treat their drivers in California as employees instead of independent contractors.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Poll: Californians Not Sold on Treating Uber, Lyft Drivers as Independent Contractors

Uber and Lyft have a ways to go to win 50% yes on Proposition 22. Uber and Lyft have a ways to go to win 50% yes on Proposition 22. (Dan MacMedan for GM)

Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies are in danger of coming up short with voters on a ballot measure that would allow them to again classify their workers as independent contractors, a new statewide poll shows.

Taryn Luna | Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics

Uber, Lyft Win Delay on Converting Drivers to Employees

Driver putting Lyft sticker car next to Uber sticker A Lyft logo is installed on a Lyft driver's car next to an Uber sticker. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber and Lyft were spared from having to rapidly convert their California drivers to employees after an appeals court agreed they can keep their business models in place while challenging a judge’s order to comply with a state labor law.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Seeks Court Reprieve After California Shutdown Threat

Uber is asking an appeals court for an extended reprieve on California Assembly Bill 5. A traveler gets into a car displaying Uber signage at the Oakland International Airport. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. joined Lyft Inc. in asking an appeals court for an extended reprieve on converting California drivers to employees after both companies warned that a rapid overhaul of their business models may force them to suspend operations in their home state.

Clare Roth | Bloomberg News
August 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Uber, Lyft Denied Extended Delay of Driver Labor Ruling in California

Lyft and Uber badges are displayed on the windshield of a vehicle. With the denial, Uber and Lyft can now ask a state appeals court to overrule the judge and keep his order on hold beyond its 10-day expiration. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. failed to persuade a judge to put an extended hold on his order converting their California drivers to employees while they appeal.

Clare Roth | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2020

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