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Employee or Independent Contractor? 优步 Wages Battles to Answer Critical Question for On-Demand Economy Companies 和 Their Workers

员工还是独立承包商?它’这是许多企业都在努力解决的一个问题,答案具有重大的法律和财务意义。雇员与独立承包商的分类对于许多人而言正变得越来越重要“on demand” technology companies such as 优步 doing business in the fast growing “gig” or “sharing” economy.

优步 has been involved in a number of legal battles being waged over its practice of classifying its drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees. 加利福尼亚州 has been a hotspot for litigation. 

虽然包括纽约,德克萨斯州和乔治亚州在内的几个州已经考虑并拒绝了优步司机是雇员的说法,但在6月,加利福尼亚劳工专员’办公室裁定Uber司机应归类为雇员。该裁决命令优步向司机支付她在为公司开车的八周内产生的约4,000美元的费用。

The ruling only binds this specific driver, 和 优步 has appealed. Yet, the case has broader implications. It could bolster 和 encourage class-action lawsuits in 加利福尼亚州 和 beyond. And individuals may bring more complaints seeking reimbursement for expenses they would be entitled to as an employee. 时间 recently reported on a case brought by another former 优步 driver in 加利福尼亚州 in July, in which the driver seeks payment for approximately $15,000 in expenses. This case, too, hinges on the driver’归类为雇员或独立承包商。

优步’s argument against employee status is that it merely operates a software application that connects drivers 和 passengers, 和 that it has no control over the hours its drivers work 和 whether they choose to work for other companies. Should it lose this fight (which is being fought state-by-state), the consequences for 优步 - 和 companies like it such as Lyft, 格鲁布因斯塔卡特 -会很严重的。将需要按照州工资和小时法向司机付钱,补偿他们在工作中必然发生的费用(例如,燃料,里程),补偿他们的小费,预扣和缴税,并向非豁免雇员支付加班费。 。与独立承包商相反,员工也有资格获得失业补偿和工人’薪酬与福利。

而个别的加州劳工专员’Office的裁决很重要,真正的行动是针对Uber和其他按需公司提起的集体诉讼。 9月1日,美国地方法院法官爱德华·陈(Edward Chen)裁定,加利福尼亚州的Uber驾驶员可以加入向公司寻求里程和小费报销的案件,这是Uber的一项上诉。此案和其他类似案件有可能颠覆按需经济’基本的商业模式。

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