Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday September 10, 2015

Former Uber Driver Granted Unemployment Payments

Although Uber claims this case wont "set any formal or binding precedent," what happens when more drivers come forward to claim unemployment benefits?

In the Employment Development Department case, a former driver filed for unemployment benefits last year. The EDD found that the ex-driver was entitled to receive benefits, and Uber appealed that decision on the grounds that their drivers are independent contractors, not employees. An administrative law judge found that Uber does act as an employer, regulating who they can and can’t pick up while logged in to the app, setting fares, and deactivating drivers who break the rules or receive too many bad reviews.

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