Could a California Law Increase Drivers’ Pay Nationwide?

California bill AB5 is really making rideshare companies nervous, but what does it all mean for drivers?

Could a California Law Increase Drivers’ Pay Nationwide?

By John Ince (RSG)

Faced with legislation in California that endangers their business model, Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. are urging a compromise that would keep their drivers from being considered employees.

“We can make independent work better if we update century-old employment laws,” Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote in a rare joint opinion column published Wednesday in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Many drivers are offering ideas to improve their experience, and companies like ours have a responsibility to come to the table prepared to do our part.”

The executives’ public appeal follows months of private efforts by the ride-share giants and other companies to secure support from California’s governor, state lawmakers, and labor leaders for some deal to shield them from a sweeping 2018 state Supreme Court ruling that makes it difficult for firms to claim their workers aren’t employees.

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