California Proposition 22 Passes to Keep Uber and Lyft Drivers as Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 3, 2020, “California Proposition 22, the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative” was approved by voters in the state to allow app-based ride-hailing and delivery services such as Uber and Lyft to keep classifying their drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. A…

Appeals Court Rules Uber and Lyft Must Stop Classifying Drivers as Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 22, 2020, a California appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision that Uber and Lyft must comply with a preliminary injunction requiring them to stop classifying their drivers as independent contractors so they receive the same protections and benefits as other workers at the transportation…

CA Judge Orders Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees Not Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On August 10, 2020, in a ruling that could possibly affect the “gig economy,” California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ordered Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers from independent contractors to employees so they receive the same protections and benefits as other workers at transportation network…

Court Rules Background Check for Independent Contractor Does Not Trigger Protections for Employment Purposes under FCRA

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn              On August 9, 2019, a ruling in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found that a background check for independent contractors does not trigger the protections applicable for a background check for “employment purposes” under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).…

New Jersey Law Will Require Uber and Lyft Drivers to Undergo Driving and Criminal Background Checks

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law new legislation – the “Transportation Network Company Safety and Regulatory Act” (A3695) – that will license and regulate transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft and require them to meet insurance coverage standards and conduct driving…