In national news:

The possibility of class action status for the California Uber case, wherein drivers claim that they are misclassified by the company as independent contractors and should be entitled to employee benefits, rests with a federal judge. At a hearing last Thursday, Uber said that their drivers are simply too diverse to be grouped into one class. Meanwhile, attorneys for the proposed class have argued that the 160,000 drivers are all subject to the same control by Uber regarding how they perform their work. The case is a high-stakes one for Uber, whose business model rides on its drivers retaining contractor status. A reclassification of drivers as employees would put Uber on the hook for paying payroll taxes, along with back wages and benefits for drivers. According to a Courthouse News Service report, a decision is expected after August 12th.

Read more from Courthouse News Service here and from Reuters here.

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