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Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees, Calif. Regulator Says

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Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees, Calif. Regulator Says

Law360 (June 11, 2020, 4:33 PM EDT) — The California Public Utilities Commission said it will consider gig-economy workers as employees under the state’s hotly contested new law governing who companies can classify as independent contractors, subjecting ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to the regulator’s employment-related rules.

The agency, which regulates ride-hailing companies across the Golden State, wrote in an 18-page June 9 order that it has to enforce Assembly Bill 5, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed in September. The employee classification statute took effect in January despite a series of court challenges, and a November 2020 ballot measure backed by Uber and Lyft seeks to exclude all…

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