Uber says 158,000 drivers will lose work if they’re reclassified as employees

Uber said it would limit the number of its drivers in California if it has to classify them as employees.

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Uber has been crunching data and came up with an internal analysis on what would happen if it reclassified its California drivers as employees. According to the company, passengers could expect to see prices go up 20% to 120% and tens of thousands of drivers might be out of work.

Of Uber’s 209,000 drivers in the state, the company said 76% could lose their jobs on the ride-hailing platform. Rural areas would be hit hardest by these cutbacks,

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German court: Drivers entitled to refunds over Volkswagen diesel emissions

VW is going to have to pay up — again.

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It’s been five years since Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal surfaced, yet the repercussions around the world are, in some cases, still being hashed out. And in the latest court ruling, it delivered more bad news for the automaker.

Germany’s highest civil disputes court ruled owners of Volkswagen cars impacted by the emissions defeat device are entitled to a partial refund and can return their cars to the company, Reuters reported Monday. The ruling essentially gives some 66,000 other lawsuits a path to settle.

VW didn’t immediately return Roadshow’s

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Uber has paid out $19 million in aid to drivers, but it’s not enough

Uber is giving money to some of its drivers as ridership decreases, but most are getting nothing.

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Times are tough for ride-hailing companies, which means things are likely twice as tough for their drivers who depend on the income from driving.¬†Uber, a company notorious for fighting tooth and nail to keep its drivers from becoming classified as employees, announced on Thursday that it spent $19 million on coronavirus relief for drivers around the world — half of which went to workers

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Lyft joins Uber in requiring drivers and riders to wear face masks

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Lyft said it’s ramping up its efforts to keep drivers and passengers from spreading the novel coronavirus. The ride-hailing company said Thursday that it’ll now require people using its service to wear face masks or other face coverings while on rides.

The move comes as cities across the US prepare to ease shelter-in-places orders and more people will likely be out and about. On Monday, Lyft rival Uber began requiring the use of face coverings.

“Lyft is taking action to

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