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Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms

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Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms

Photo caption: Uber and Lyft will soon have to provide employee benefits to their Californian drivers. Image: Ronen Tivony / SOPA Images / Shutterstock. Article by Amanda Yeo.

The battle over Uber and Lyft drivers’ status saw a significant development Thursday. A Californian appeals court has unanimously upheld a ruling that the ride-hailing companies’ drivers must be classified as employees, meaning they’re eligible for healthcare, paid sick leave, and other such benefits.

The stay on the Superior Court’s August injunction will therefore soon be lifted, requiring Uber and Lyft to provide these benefits to drivers. […]

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