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California Bill: Uber and Lyft Required to Treat Workers as Employees

Sep 11, 2019 | Employment

California legislator approved Assembly Bill 5 requiring app-based companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash treat workers as employees. The new bill will go into effect Jan. 1, workers must be designated as employees instead of contractors if a company retains control over how they perform their tasks or if their work is part of a company’s regular business. California will become the first state to require app-based companies/gig-economy to treat workers as employees.

Will Uber/Lyft Drivers Be Able to Set Their Own Scheduling?

Accordingly, some experts say that nothing in Assembly Bill 5 will require employees to work set shifts, meaning that Uber and Lyft are legally entitled to continue allowing drivers to make their own scheduling decisions.

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