NY Top Court Backs Postmates Workers' Employee Status

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT) -- New York's highest court on Thursday reinstated a ruling that couriers for food delivery service Postmates are employees who should get unemployment benefits, upholding a state agency's finding that the company misclassified its workers as independent contractors.

A majority of the Court of Appeals reversed a Third Judicial Department ruling and restored the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board's order that Postmates owes unemployment contributions for Luis Vega and other workers on its platform. The majority bought the board's finding that Postmates has too much power over workers to classify them as independent contractors, who do not ordinarily get unemployment.

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