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Uber drivers can get unemployment benefits, rules New York State

Uber drivers just won a major legal battle against their employer. Following a huge win last year when the New York Department of Labor ruled all ride-sharing drivers are considered employees, the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board last week decided that they could begin filing for unemployment benefits. This is a massive victory for gig economy...CONTINUE READING
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Uber drivers are now subject to ‘continuous’ background checks

Uber will soon be watching its U.S. drivers much more closely. The ride-hailing service will be expanding its driver background checks so that drivers will be continuously monitored for certain types of criminal charges, the company revealed Friday. The change, which was first reported by Axios, will ramp up Uber’s ability to keep tabs on...CONTINUE READING
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Uber drivers really wanted in-app tipping for a reason: $600 million made in first year

It’s been a year since Uber drivers finally got something they really wanted: tips in its ride-hailing app. In the year since tips were added, drivers have earned more than $600 million in gratuities on the Uber app. In the past three months tips have gone up 30 percent, to which Uber credits improvements such...CONTINUE READING
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Uber has a new plan to get its drivers to use electric cars

Uber wants to encourage its drivers to start using electric vehicles (EVs) rather than the gas-powered ones they typically use. The company launched a pilot program on Tuesday in eight North American cities (Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle) that connect its drivers to national and local EV organizations. ...CONTINUE READING
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Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers

I am a bar-hopping, 20-something Uber customer — and this patent application that the ride-sharing company just applied for sounds mortifying. Uber has applied for a patent for a system that can “predict a user state.” That is, a new artificial intelligence product from Uber could figure out if you’re drunk, and just how far...CONTINUE READING
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Uber CEO slams MIT after study on ride-hailing minimum wages

$3.37.  That’s the meager median wage Uber and Lyft drivers make per hour, according to a paper published by MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research that surveyed over 1,000 drivers in the United States.  The study made headlines this week, revealing that the cost of insurance, fuel, and car maintenance all played a...CONTINUE READING
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Report: Most Uber, Lyft drivers make below minimum wage

Surprise! Lyft and Uber drivers don’t make much money.  Specifically, their median hourly wage is a whopping $3.37, according to a a paper published by MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, which compiled over 1,100 drivers’ data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kelly Blue Book, and estimates from Edmunds.  SEE...CONTINUE READING
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Uber is selling off its auto-leasing business

After confirming the closure of its auto-leasing business, Xchange Leasing, Uber is now reportedly selling it, according to The Wall Street Journal. The buyer? Car ownership startup Fair.com. SEE ALSO: Taxify launches in another country to challenge Uber’s ride-sharing dominance Uber announced in September that it would be shutting down Xchange Leasing, its Delaware-based subsidiary...CONTINUE READING
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2 women file class-action lawsuit against Uber over sexual assault by drivers

Uber is facing a class-action lawsuit over sexual assaults by drivers. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California on Tuesday, is on behalf of women passengers who experienced “rape, sexual assault, physical violence or gender-motivated harassment” by Uber drivers.  Two anonymous plaintiffs who were assaulted by Uber drivers filed the lawsuit. The suit...CONTINUE READING
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