Uber and Lyft have stated that they won’t be reclassifying their drivers in the wake of the passage of AB5 – which takes fundamental aim at gig economy companies and their business model by changing the standard for who can be hired as an independent contractor. Uber’s head of legal also said that he expects Uber’s drivers to pass the new independent contractor standard, because they are not essential to the company’s business as a technology platform. According to analysis from Vox, there is also a role reversal in this legislation. Previously, drivers had to sue Uber and Lyft directly if they felt they were misclassified, now California municipalities can.
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