Uber, Lyft Subpoenaed To Reveal Driver Classification

(Photo: Flickr user 5chw4r7z)
(Photo: Flickr user 5chw4r7z)

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera's subpoenas come in the wake of an April 30 California Supreme Court decision that tightened the definition of independent contractors within the state.

The court, ruling in the case of drivers for a Southern California package delivery company, said workers must meet all of three criteria in order to be classified as independent contractors.

The three requirements are that workers must be "free from the control and direction" of the hiring company; perform work "outside the usual course of the hiring entity's business"; and be customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business.

While asking for wage information on any drivers listed as employees, the subpoenas also demand documentation from Uber and Lyft on how drivers they classify as independent contractors meet those three standards.

NBC Bay Area article here

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