Monday, April 25, 2016

That is SO last week

Late last week, Uber announced it had reached a settlement with California and Massachusetts drivers over their classification as independent contractors.  The settlement calls for drivers to remain independent contractors, although Uber will change some of its policies, including allowing “driver associations.”  Uber will also pay the drivers $84 million and, depending on its financial success, may pay up to an additional $16 million in the future. With a somewhat similar settlement between Lyft and its drivers up in the air, it’s unclear whether the Uber settlement will stick.  In the meantime, Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint alleging that misclassifying workers as independent contractors violates the National Labor Relations Act.
In other developments: