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Uber Cases Could Spur New Employee Classification

Law360, New York (May 6, 2016, 8:50 PM EDT) -- Uber recently inked a $100 million settlement with drivers in two states who claimed they were miscategorized as independent contractors in cases that experts say highlight how the on-demand economy has outgrown the current binary classification system and may prompt lawmakers to devise a new hybrid category.

Last month, Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle class actions brought by drivers in California and Massachusetts challenging the company’s employment and benefits practices. The deal, which has drawn criticism for maintaining the company’s...
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