In Major Win for Gig Workers, Uber Agrees to Pay New Jersey $100 Million for Mischaracterizing Drivers as Contractors

Uber may have built its hailing empire, in part, by notoriously skirting past local laws and regulations, but at least one state’s finally forcing the company to pay up. On Tuesday, Uber agreed to pay New Jersey $100 million in back taxes over claims the company misclassified thousands of drivers as independent contractors between 2014-2018. That mischaracterization, according …

Chicago’s DoorDash and Grubhub Drivers Take a Step Toward Unionizing

Food delivery drivers who work for companies including DoorDash and Grubhub gathered with Uber and Lyft workers over the weekend to announce plans to join a nationwide group calling for improved working conditions, better pay, and the option to unionize. The news comes amid a sustained push for labor rights in the hospitality industry, most …

Alabama, Georgia lawmakers make Uber, Grubhub drivers impartial contractors

Alabama and Georgia are poised to join those states’ ranks in clarifying that drivers for Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, and other delivery and ridesharing apps should be considered independent contractors, not employees with workers’ compensation and other benefits. The Georgia Senate on Monday unanimously approved House Bill 389 and sent it to the governor. The bill …

Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash form coalition in Washington state to ‘protect driver independence’

Five evenings a week, sometimes more, Carmen Figueroa gets into her car, signs into her GrubHub account and sets out for a night of deliveries. She averages three-to-four deliveries an hour and five or six hours of work each night. She made about $570 a week in January, which was a jump from the $530-a-week …

DoorDash $100 Million Driver Settlement Tentatively Approved

Proposed settlement covers California, Massachusetts drivers California agency to receive over $9 million in agreement DoorDash Inc. won tentative approval on Wednesday for a proposed $100 million agreement, which would settle claims that it misclassified delivery drivers in both Massachusetts and California as independent contractors. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue tentatively agreed to …

DoorDash’s Ultra-Fast Delivery Plans Quickly Draw Skepticism

One of the biggest app-based delivery services is offering customers in select markets a service that will get them their grocery orders even faster than usual. DoorDash has announced that it will be offering ultra-fast grocery delivery with a new service in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, according to Axios. Customers in the delivery area can …

DoorDash Launches 15-Minute Convenience Delivery Via Company Employees

DoorDash announced another acceleration of its speedy convenience delivery platform. The company said it would start making 15-minute DashMart deliveries with a new fleet of DoorDash-employed couriers. Launching first in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, the program will feature more than 2,000 items from a new DashMart facility in the area. DoorDash President Christopher Payne …

TECH ROUNDUP: WHAT DOORDASH’S ULTRAFAST DELIVERY COULD MEAN FOR RESTAURANTS

DoorDash is launching ultrafast grocery delivery. The service will start in one of the company’s DashMart storerooms in New York City and promises deliveries in 10 to 15 minutes—the prevailing benchmark in the crowded ultrafast-delivery game.  Notably, DoorDash’s ultrafast couriers, unlike its regular Dashers, will be full-time employees of a new company called DashCorps. The company …

Arbitration deals end Postmates misclassification row in Mass.

Workers said Postmates was their employer under Massachusetts law Three named plaintiffs settled for total of $4,750 in arbitration Judge had found Postmates drivers not exempt from federal arbitration law The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. We are improving this feature as we …

Uber to shutter most of its service in Belgium tomorrow after court ruling

Uber will halt its ride-hailing service in most of Belgium tomorrow following a court ruling Wednesday that extends a 2015 order banning its p2p UberPop service to also cover professional drivers providing its ride-hailing service. Uber told us that it is studying the detail of the ruling to decide whether to appeal the decision with …