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Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says California Labor Commission

siddesu writes: The California Labor Commission has ruled Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. The ruling has serious implications for Uber’s business model, since it will now be required to offer its drivers benefits that meet the requirements of the Californian labor laws. “Uber had argued that its drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that it is “nothing more than a neutral technology platform.” But the commission said Uber controls the tools driver use, monitors their approval ratings and terminates their access to the system if their ratings fall below 4.6 stars.” Uber has previously suspended drivers for registering their cars as commercial vehicles.


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