In continuing news:

A federal judge questioned the fairness of a $12.25 million settlement of California Lyft drivers’ claims that they should be classified as employees and not independent contractors. The 2013 class action claims that misclassification allows the ride-share service to avoid paying employment benefits and reimbursement for gas and vehicle maintenance. The suit was valued at around $126 million, but Lyft settled back in January for the much-lower figure, while also retaining the right to preserve its drivers’ independent contractor status. The confusion stems from two sets of Lyft-supplied data, the first of which was based on its driver numbers in June 2015 and the second on February 2016 counts. At a hearing last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said he did not understand why the case’s maximum recovery value should not be the most recent figure.

Read more from Workers’ Compensation Institute 360 here.

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