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Why Uber and Lyft Were on the Brink of Shutting Down in California — and What Happens Next

L.A. residents and other Californians followed the real-time plot twists Thursday of the status of the two major ride-sharing services — Uber and Lyft — which had threatened to suspend service in the state. The issue: Uber and Lyft were set to be subject to a recently-enacted California labor law, Assembly Bill 5 (aka AB5), which requires “gig economy” companies to reclassify workers as actual employees (instead of contractors). The intent of AB5, which went into effect Jan. 1, was to provide protections for gig workers, so they would be eligible to receive legally mandated employer benefits like a minimum wage, overtime pay, paid leave and health care coverage. For many in the entertainment industry, ride-sharing services have become a primary way to navigate L.A. and its environs — and n...

Uber and Lyft had time to comply with the law. They did not.

Earlier this week, both Uber and Lyft threatened to shut down in California as a result of a ruling that would force them to reclassify their drivers as employees. Lyft even announced that it would stop operations starting this Friday. But in a few hours, that would no longer be necessary. Thanks to an appeal filed by both companies, a court had granted a temporary reprieve for them to continue business as usual. The appeals process could go on for months, as both Uber and Lyft attempt to buy more time. The truth is, however, both companies have had nothing but time to comply with the law. The fact that they fought back, stalled, made excuses and are funding a ballot proposition that would undo worker rights, is a sign that these companies have no intention of following the rules or giving...

Uber & Lyft Legal Battle Exposes The Big Lie About Gig Work

The companies immediately asked for the order to be further delayed, and the apps were preparing to shut down at 11:59 PM today. Lyft told Refinery29 ...

Prosecutors: Former Uber exec charged in hacking cover-up

Sullivan's charges came on the same day as a California appeals court allowed Uber and Lyft to continue treating their drivers as independent ...

Drivers at LAX Protest Lyft, Uber Fight Against AB5

Drivers at LAX Protest Lyft, Uber Fight Against AB5. An appeals court gave ride-share companies more time to comply with a court order to treat their ...

Lyft and Uber rolling along thanks to emergency stay

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - You can still catch a Lyft or Uber ride after midnight Thursday thanks to an appellate court ruling and an emergency stay.

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