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      Last-minute California ruling means Uber and Lyft won’t shut down today

      Timothy B. Lee · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 20 August, 2020 - 20:11

    Last-minute California ruling means Uber and Lyft won’t shut down today

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    A California judge has granted Uber and Lyft an emergency reprieve from an order requiring them to treat their drivers as employees. The companies were facing a Thursday deadline to comply with the order. Earlier today, Lyft announced that it would be forced to shut down in the state at midnight tonight.

    Lyft said it was being forced to shut down its California operations by a 2019 California law, AB 5, that forces ride-hailing companies to treat their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. Uber had warned that it was likely to do the same if the courts didn't delay enforcement of the law.

    "This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips," Lyft wrote. However, the company said, the new law would "necessitate an overhaul of the entire business model—it’s not a switch that can be flipped overnight."

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      "#Uber didn't want its white collar employees to have to wash their hands in the same #sink as its gig #worker drivers...."

      Mathias Poujol-Rost ✅ · Monday, 16 December, 2019 - 06:46

    Brian Merchant on Twitter

    "... This really tells you everything you need to know about Uber. Every single thing."

    #whitecollar #bluecollar