Judge issues injunction against Uber and Lyft, says drivers are employees

Thousands of ride-hail drivers in California have long fought to be classified as employees.

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In a blow to Uber and Lyft, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies must start classifying their drivers as employees in the state. This is something the companies have fought for years because it would mean millions of dollars in added costs and a complete overhaul of their business models.

Judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court said the injunction won’t be enforced for 10 days, so as to give Uber and Lyft a chance to appeal the decision

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Uber Eats glitch reportedly erases the tip option on deliveries

Uber Eats drivers say their tips went missing on Monday.

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Hundreds of Uber Eats delivery drivers appear to have been shorted their tips over the past couple of days. Apparently, a glitch within the app removed the option for customers to add a tip to their food order. 

“Just had a customer inform me that the app would not allow them to tip! Called support and they said they’re aware this is happening and reminded me that tips ‘aren’t guaranteed,'” a delivery worker, who goes by the username JeddakOfBarsoom, posted on Reddit in the Uber

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Here’s how Uber and Lyft battled Seattle over minimum wage for drivers

In hopes of setting a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers, Seattle has put itself in the middle of a showdown between the companies and academics.

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The city of Seattle had been a source of irritation for Uber and Lyft for years. Last fall, that annoyance reached a peak. After passing a tax on all rides, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a set of measures to help Uber and Lyft drivers. 

Among them was likely a particular sore spot for the ride-hailing companies: a minimum wage for drivers.

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Uber agrees to acquire Postmates for $2.65 billion

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Uber has agreed to acquire delivery service Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal. The ride-hailing company said the acquisition, which was reported earlier by Bloomberg, will boost its growing efforts in the delivery of groceries, essentials and other goods.  

“Uber and Postmates have long shared a belief that platforms like ours can power much more than just food delivery—they can be a hugely important part of local commerce and communities, all the more important during crises like COVID-19,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a release Monday, adding that bookings on Uber Eats were up more

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