Uber drivers across the pond are going on strike, but would that work in the US? Plus, senior RSG contributor John Ince covers how Lyft is pursuing an IPO and how they’re helping drivers pitch their entrepreneurial ideas in this week’s round up.
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Are we still discussing ‘should you tip your driver’ articles? Apparently, we are. Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers this debate, plus Uber gets more involved in the scooter wars, kids are still taking Ubers, and Lyft Driver Advisory Council news.
As drivers, we are expected to do a lot of things for our “job.” While we can choose the hours we work, pay can be inconsistent and some drivers are incentivized to drive at hours they may not prefer, all for the lure of extra pay. So what does this actually make drivers – true independent contractors, or something else? Senior RSG contributor John Ince tackles this question below.
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Should Uber & Lyft Drivers Be Employees or Independent Contractors?
A cloud hangs over the entire ridesharing industry. It’s a legal cloud of ambiguity as to what exactly drivers are. Are drivers independent contractors as Uber and Lyft would have the world believe? Or are drivers employees – as two important legal bodies have ruled within the last six months? Further adding to the confusion, Recently, the 9th Circuit of San Francisco ruled that a major lawsuit on this issue could not proceed because driver’s signed away their rights when the signed up to drive for Uber and agreed to arbitration on these issues. So the issue remains in legal limbo and likely will for the foreseeable future.
It’s a legal issue that affects everything in this new space called the gig economy. Labor advocates argue that this gig labor development has set back labor rights fifty years. Those on the other side argue that it’s brought flexibility and income opportunities to countless people that otherwise would be wanting.
There’s a number of stories to get to this week, including Uber’s recent win in a fight against treating drivers as employees. Were you surprised by this ruling? Read senior RSG contributor John Ince’s take below and let us know. Plus, weird things passengers leave behind in cars and more in this week’s round up.
Here on RSG, we typically cover Uber and Lyft in the United States – but what is ridesharing like around the world? Senior RSG contributor John Ince covers Uber around the world, plus how drivers are making extra money with Cargo and more in this week’s round up.