Gig Economy

California governor signs labor law meant to fix the gig economy

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links REUTERS/Kate Munsch It was really just a matter of time, but it’s now official: California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed the state’s Assembly Bill 5 into law. The measure is intended to reclassify many gig economy workers as employees by applying a test that determines whether or not they qualify […]

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Uber intends to treat drivers as contractors despite California bill

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images California is likely on the cusp of making gig companies treat independent contractors as employees, but Uber doesn’t think the potential law will change its business. In an update, legal chief Tony West maintained that Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) would let the ridesharing company continue to classify […]

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Federal response to ’gig’ workers hindered by unreliable data, documents say

Sudbury Star Different Canadian Dollar Banknotes. Getty Images/iStockphoto By Jordan Press OTTAWA — A newly released government document shows that federal officials feel stymied by data roadblocks in their bid to help policymakers tackle a growing political concern about the country’s “gig” economy. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act […]

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DoorDash finally makes sure delivery drivers get your tips

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images DoorDash drivers will earn 100 percent of tips under a revamped set of rules on pay. The delivery service today announced a new tipping and earnings policy that it claims will lead to drivers earning more on average. The development comes more than a month […]

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DoorDash CEO announces that now your tips will go to delivery workers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images Earlier this year, news reports exposed that not only did DoorDash (and others, like Instacart) sometimes lower its payout to delivery workers when customers tipped, its payment system didn’t make clear that this was happening. Last month it changed payouts to show how much of […]

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Uber and Lyft allegedly paid drivers to rally against employee status

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS There is seemingly no end in sight for Uber and Lyft’s ongoing worker status dispute. The raging debate has seen battles in the UK Supreme Court, multimillion-dollar lawsuits, driver strikes and only a few small victories for labor groups. Now, the waters have been muddied even further following […]

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DoorDash updates it payment model, but workers still miss out on tips

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images DoorDash aims to be a more ethical food delivery company — it’s already put a focus on sustainability and had delivered voter registration kits along with the standard faire of snacks, meals and beer. But the company has attracted criticism for its tipping system, in […]

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California advances bill offering protections to gig economy workers

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft Gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft have fought hard to avoid treating workers as full-fledged employees, but they might not have much choice in California before long. The state Assembly has passed a bill, AB5, that would require businesses to prove that someone is […]

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Uber and Lyft drivers are striking over pay and job security

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Drew Angerer/Getty Images Ridesharing drivers for have acted on promises to go on strike over labor conditions. Workers for Uber, Lyft and other companies in 10 cities (including Chicago, New York City and LA) are staging actions to demand better pay and job security. The exact conditions vary from city […]

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To improve Uber’s driver app, he hits the road as an Uber driver

Mashable Daniel Danker, head of driver product at Uber, goes for a ride as a driver. Image: sasha lekach / mashable By Sasha Lekach2019-03-27 19:04:20 UTC Uber’s head of driver product is proud of his 96 rides (and no tickets … so far).  Daniel Danker knows they’re nothing compared to the thousands of rides some […]

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