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A judge on Monday ordered ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, a shift that would guarantee benefits like overtime, sick leave and expense reimbursement for workers who make up much of the freewheeling gig economy.
Uber has cut 3,000 jobs from its workforce, its second major wave of layoffs in two weeks as the coronavirus slashed demand for rides.
Uber is cutting 3,700 full-time workers, about 14% of its workforce, and its CEO will give up his base salary with the nation largely still in lockdown.
California is suing ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law.
COVID-19 has changed the food delivery industry – both for the drivers who have flocked to the apps in search of essential work, and the restaurants dependent on the services to get their food to the public.
Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together.
Hundreds of drivers are licensed to drive for Uber in Spokane, but the company itself is not.
Uber is offering riders a four-digit PIN code to help ensure they’re getting into the right car.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is severing ties with the ride-hailing company he co-founded a decade ago after a series of scandals that ultimately led to his downfall.
Uber and Lyft said they will make good on their threats to stop taking customers to and from the airport in the nation’s fifth-largest city, creating confusion next year for travelers used to opening a phone app to catch a ride after Phoenix decided to raise fees on ride-hailing companies.
Uber’s stock market value fell by as much as $1.5 billion Friday as investors turned against the ride-hailing giant after it said more than 3,000 sexual assaults took place during its rides in 2018.
Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018.
London’s transit authority on Monday refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-hailing company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure its future in the British capital.
Uber is planning to let passengers and drivers record audio of rides in Brazil and Mexico as part of a pilot and in the hopes of addressing safety concerns.
New Jersey is seeking more than $640 million from Uber in taxes and penalties, saying the ride-hailing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist “a mistake” and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one of the company’s autonomous vehicles. Khosrowshahi later said he regretted his comments.
California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.
A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber as the ride-hailing service scrambled to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles.
Uber is laying off 400 employees in marketing, about a quarter of the marketing team’s global workforce of 1,200 people.
Ordering dinner straight to your doorstep via an app may be convenient, but it turns out that relying on a driver to deliver your food untouched may not be a safe bet.