“Gig Economy” Businesses Will Continue to Try to Build Consumer Trust Through Their Background Screening Programs

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) “Gig economy” businesses that use online applications or “apps” to facilitate on-demand services for consumers that are provided by relative strangers in an extended workforce will continue to try to build trust with consumers through their background screening programs, according to the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for…

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…

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Reviews Lyft Background Check Process

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Bureau of Audits released a background check process review of ride-sharing app provider Lyft since public utilities in Pennsylvania – including transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Lyft – are subject to the PUC’s authority to supervise and…

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…