Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Another Uber Driver in California Ruled an Employee, Not Contractor"

From Venture Capital Dispatch:
Another regulator has ruled that an Uber Technologies Inc. driver was an employee, not an independent contractor, adding to the growing legal uncertainty surrounding the ride-hailing company’s labor model.

The California Employment Development Department last month ruled that a former driver for Uber acted more like an employee than a contractor because the company controlled “every aspect” of the driving experience and held the right to terminate the driver at will, according to a copy of an administrative judge’s decision. Uber was asked to pay unemployment benefits to the former driver, whose name was withheld from the decision.

An Uber spokeswoman said “the decision affects one person and does not have any wider impact or set any formal or binding precedent.” The company has argued that most of its drivers prefer to work whenever they want and on their own terms, not as employees with set shifts....MORE
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...In response:
San Francisco, CA (PRwëb) January 13, 2014-
In a move designed to make Uber seem more "bad-assed and scary in a quasi-heavy-metal manner," the Goldman Sachs, Menlo Ventures and Bezos Expeditions-backed company officially changed it's name to Über on  Monday.
"Much like Mötley Crüe and Motörhead, Über is not to be messed with," said co- founder Gärrëtt Cämp, né Camp..