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Prop 22 was only the beginning

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A cheat sheet for your doomscrolling

A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A taxi driver helps a departing passenger with his luggage in line of taxis at LAX on October 18, 2020. Photo: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
  • Gig economy workers in California will be classified as independent contractors. In October, a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to hire their workers as employees under a new state labor law. The ballot measure that passed Tuesday allows Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors regardless.
  • Gig economy workers will get some benefits. Though meager compared…


The past is our best guide for understanding the future of ride-hailing apps


A new ‘franchise’ model could help the companies without necessarily improving working conditions

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The biggest startups in modern history were built on old-fashioned worker exploitation. Time for an upgrade.

Rideshare drivers demonstrate against Uber and Lyft during a car caravan protest on August 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images


The company can’t easily give away materials without conceding that its drivers are employees

A Lyft/Uber driver wearing a surgical mask and gloves pauses in his car, holding his hands together.
A Lyft/Uber driver wearing a surgical mask and gloves pauses in his car, holding his hands together.
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Most consider the two companies’ services to be interchangeable, but there are still some big differences

Two travelers huddle over a cell phone as they tried to navigate their rideshare at the Uber & Lyft pickup at Logan Airport after arriving in Boston from Florida on Dec. 23, 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

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For better or worse, on-demand companies like Uber and Lyft are a catalyst for changing labor laws that were built for a different era

Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside the Uber offices in Saugus, MA.
Uber and Lyft drivers protest outside the Uber offices in Saugus, MA.
Uber and Lyft drivers including Abiye Gelaye, center, protested outside the Uber offices in Saugus, MA on May 8, 2019. Photo: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe/Getty


Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash’s forced arbitration clauses could weaken the effect of the proposed law

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