Lyft is still feeling the pandemic's severe impact on the ride-hailing industry.
An appeals court unanimously decided on Thursday that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees rather than independent contractors. The ruling comes less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law.
Voters will decide on Proposition 22, which is whether Uber, Lyft, and other companies should classify gig workers as employees.
Two gig-economy drivers with very different takes on California's Prop. 22. Voters will decide November 3 on whether drivers are considered employees.
This month, Lyft and Uber were ordered by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman to reclassify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors under state law AB5, which took effect on Jan. 1.
Lyft posted a loss of $437.1 million during the second quarter, when the coronavirus outbreak led many people to stay home and few were eager to use its ride-hailing service.
Uber's CEO said the ride-hailing company could cut service in California if a rule takes effect that grants drivers the status and benefits of employees.
The state attorney general's office is trying to force gig-work companies, especially rideshare companies, to comply with AB5.
Christien Kafton reports.
Rideshare drivers gathered on Wednesday in San Jose to enlist more members and support the pro-AB-5 lawsuit, which would force Uber and Lyft to make them full employees.
A ballot initiative backed by business giants Uber, Lyft and DoorDash is now set to go before California voters in November, a multimillion-dollar shot aimed at excluding the companies from a law that would make them give more benefits and wage protections to their drivers.
At 10:30 a.m., Becerra will be joined by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott, and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a virtual press briefing to make the announcement.
The $5-off incentive program started in September 2017 shortly after SMART began train service between Sonoma and Marin County.
Lawsuit alleges Lyft failed to protect users from being sexually assaulted by drivers.
In the same way consumers eventually had to pay sales taxes on internet purchases, it looks like Uber and Lyft riders are heading for a tax on their trips. Other major cities have been assessing such taxes for a while. Tom Vacar reports
The self-driving cars were seen on San Francisco city streets but California regulators put a brake on the drive. Tara Moriarty reports.