Will Uber and Lyft be able to exempt drivers from full employment protections?

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An Uber sticker on a car windshield, Culver City, June 28, 2019. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

The California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision created a new test for what kind of work qualifies someone as an employee in the state. Now the California legislature is trying to put that test into law, making the new rules easier to enforce. 

Uber and Lyft rely heavily on independent contractors, and they say they would struggle to stay afloat if required to give employee status to all of their drivers. Both companies are in negotiations with labor unions to carve out an exemption from the Dynamex ruling, so they won't have to make all their drivers employees.

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Guest:
Johana Bhuiyan - Los Angeles Times business reporter covering the technology industry with a focus on accountability

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Caitlin Plummer