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  • Do Uber Drivers Really Want to Be Full-Time Employees?

    Do Uber Drivers Really Want to Be Full-Time Employees?

    A movement to reclassify hundreds of thousands of independent contractors in the on-demand app economy as full-time employees is gaining steam. But given a choice, would these workers really want to go full-time?
    That question is coming into focus as Uber and other tech startups face legal challenges to their ability to rely on large workforces of independent contractors without providing them with the benefits enjoyed by full-time employees.
    In a court filing Thursday, Uber submitted...
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  • Uber Hits Back at Potential Class-Action Lawsuit by Drivers

    Uber Hits Back at Potential Class-Action Lawsuit by Drivers

    A lawsuit filed by drivers against ride service Uber should not proceed as a class action, the company argued in a court filing on Thursday, citing written statements of support from hundreds of other Uber drivers in a case that could decide whether they are independent contractors or employees.
    Three drivers sued Uber in San Francisco federal court, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The drivers pay those costs...
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  • Uber is going yellow in NYC

    Uber is going yellow in NYC

    Blurring the lines between two sides of a war between taxis and app-based ride-hire service Uber, New York City is allowing some Uber drivers to paint their cars yellow and use them as taxi cabs.
    Yes, that includes picking up street hails, according to The New York Post. In a reversal of New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) requirements, the cars do not have to be new to be added to the city’s taxi fleet — however, they can be no more than two years old, the article said. Open...
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  • Allstate to offer "Uber" insurance

    Allstate to offer "Uber" insurance

    (AP) — Allstate will start insuring drivers who pick up passengers through ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.
    The Ride for Hire policy will cost $15 to $20 a year on average and will provide coverage for drivers who get into accidents while they are on the way to pick up new fares, the insurer said today. Allstate said the coverage also can help drivers deal with gaps in coverage between their own auto insurance and policies offered by the ride-hailing companies.
    Allstate will...
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  • How Uber Drivers Rate You and How You Can Reach 5 Stars

    How Uber Drivers Rate You and How You Can Reach 5 Stars

    It's been five years this week since Uber launched its first service in San Francisco, but many of Uber's customers in 58 countries still may not realize they are being judged by their friendly drivers.
    Uber ratings cover both drivers and passengers, and are based on the ride experience, similar to the system of competitor Lyft.
    "The rating system works to make sure that the most respectful riders and drivers are using Uber," Uber states on its website. "Ratings are...
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  • Uber driver says it's a great job

    Uber driver says it's a great job

    TORONTO ­ Esther Nerling is dressed to impress and has a smile that could certainly win you over.
    She also has a bedazzled candy box full of sweets that she offers to her riders. “They love it when they get inside and see there is candy, especially late at night,” said the 59­year­old, semi­retired, widow. It would be hard to say no to a ride from her. In Toronto — and other major cities — taxi culture has received a major facelift since Uber, the popular ride service app, has...
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  • Uber drivers are transforming their black cars into Yellow Cabs

    Uber drivers are transforming their black cars into Yellow Cabs

    If you can’t beat ’em — paint ’em yellow.
    Uber drivers are transforming their black cars into taxis as part of a Taxi and Limousine Commission pilot project, The Post has learned.
    So far, five hacks have gone through with the makeover, and seven more are in the pipeline, the TLC said.
    “It’s a nice color. The yellow is good,” said Mohammed Molla, who converted his black 2015 Toyota Camry last week and began driving for Queens Medallion Leasing.
    Molla said he...
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  • D.C. taxi drivers sue D.C. over Uber legislation

    D.C. taxi drivers sue D.C. over Uber legislation

    A caravan of hundreds of taxis drove slowly and honked their horns as they held up traffic on Constitution Avenue on Capitol Hill, refusing to take fares, from 11 a.m. to noon on June 25, 2014, in protest of the Uber car service. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
    Six D.C. cabdrivers are suing the District over a recently enacted law that legalized app-based car services such as Uber.

    The complaint, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, claims that the legislation gives a competitive...
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  • Uber's experimental cars are driving around Pittsburgh

    Uber's experimental cars are driving around Pittsburgh

    looks like Uber's robotics lab is now up and running -- the Pittsburgh Business Times has just spotted one of its test cars marked "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" driving around the city. If you recall, the ridesharing company teamed up with Carnegie Mellon scientists in 2014 reportedly to develop self-driving taxis, among other technologies, in the new lab. Uber believes that operating driverless vehicles will allow it to offer cheaper, more competitive rates. Its CEO, Travis Kalanick,...
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  • Uber drivers rally against regulations as company grows in N.J.

    Uber drivers rally against regulations as company grows in N.J.

    MOUNTAINSIDE -- The ride-sharing company Uber employs 115 drivers from across New Jersey's 21st legislative district, which spans Union, Morris and Somerset counties.
    Some of those drivers, along with others from across the state, came to Echo Lake Park on Monday to voice their disagreement with proposed legislation that would regulate their service in a manner similar to taxi companies.
    Josh Mohrer, the general manager for Uber's New York City office, said that the bill could drive...
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