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Uber’s Court Defeat Will Not Affect California’s Gig Law



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(CTN News) – Uber made the announcement on Monday, June 10, that a judgment that was reached by an appeals court in the United States that rejected the company’s case to a California legislation that may require it to classify drivers as employees rather than independent contractors will not have any effect on the firm.

The decision was taken in response to the company’s challenge to the legislation. The statement was published in response to a lawsuit that the corporation had filed against the legislation on the subject of the legislation.

Uber sent us a message stating.

“While today the 9th Circuit decided to leave AB5 intact, Uber drivers and couriers remain independent as a result of Proposition 22, which preserves their flexibility while providing them with important new benefits.” This statement was made in response to the fact that the 9th Circuit had decided to leave AB5 intact.

PYMNTS received a message that was delivered to them via the channel of email. In a statement, it was said that “the status of the law in the state of California is not in any way altered as a result of this decision.”

According to a story that was published by Reuters on Monday, Uber argued in front of the court that Assembly Bill 5, which was signed into law in 2020, improperly singled out transportation services that operate through mobile applications when it was passed. The year 2020 saw the passage of AB5 into law.

According to the newspaper, the top court in the state of California is currently hearing an additional subject concerning Proposition 22, which was a ballot initiative that decided that Uber drivers are independent contractors. This matter is currently being heard by the justices of the highest court in the state.

According to the information presented in the article, the decision that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made in regard to Assembly Bill 5 stated that transportation and delivery reference organizations might be subject to a different set of laws than other referral corporations.

This is due to the fact that the Assembly of California considers these companies to be “the most significant perpetrators” of labor misclassification. This is the reason why situations are the way they are.

According to the findings of the research, AB5 makes it more challenging for businesses to provide evidence that their employees are functioning as independent contractors. According to the study, this was said.

Uber’s legal challenge to Assembly Bill 5

Which was passed in 2019, was launched in December of this year. The complaint was initially dismissed by a federal judge; however, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals brought the matter back to life by determining that the exemptions from the Act were represented as being “piecemeal.”

This brought the problem back to life. The information that was presented in the publication indicates that the ruling that was handed down on Monday was a reversal of the decision that had been handed down earlier.

The Supreme Court of California is now engaged in the process of hearing the case that challenges the ballot proposal that is commonly referred to as Proposition 22. To be more specific, the action was started by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), along with four other drivers.

One of the most important questions that has to be resolved is whether or not gig workers Uber should be considered employees or independent contractors. This is by far the most important matter that needs to be addressed. Employees, on the other hand, are eligible for a variety of perks that are not available to independent contractors under any circumstances.

Some of these advantages include the minimum pay, compensation for overtime worked, reimbursement for expenditures, and other safeguards that are not available to independent contractors.

Not only is the state of Massachusetts struggling with the issue of Uber worker classification, but it is also struggling with the question of how to ensure that gig workers are treated fairly and that they have adequate safeguards, all while preserving the flexibility and accessibility that have come to define this segment of the workforce. Both of these issues are important to the state.


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