Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, says US labor agency

Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, says US labor agency

A US labor agency has concluded that drivers for Uber are independent contractors and not employees. The general counsel said in the memo that Uber drivers set their hours, own their cars and are free to work for the company’s competitors, so they cannot be considered employees.

Avi Khait
Avi Khait 1 year

But they _feel_ like employees.

Wholly Mindless
Wholly Mindless 1 year

It took them this long to realize they were contractors all along? Perhaps the 1099 was the clue.

Akira Kevin
Akira Kevin 1 year

Leave free market alone and wait: as uber greed accelerates, corruption will too, and new smaller competitors will come along with lower costs of doing business and cheaper prices, better wages. and the cycle continues...unless uber lobbies Washington to impose regulations on itself that they can afford, but new companies can't.

Ekitchi Hoshi
Ekitchi Hoshi 1 year

Contractors and employees both sell a service. The difference is that in the case of employment, there is a subordination link between the employee and the employer. That means that Uber's imput on how and when the job should be done has to be defined in the contract. The second Uber's control over the contractor goes beyond what has been pre-arranged in the contract it's effectively an employer-employee relationship and the courts can declare it as such.

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