California moves to protect gig workers, Uber and Lyft resist

The state of California wants to change the way "gig" workers are regarded. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a law that could require many companies to classify more workers as employees instead of independent contractors. However, the law is largely designed to affect companies like Lyft and Uber.

The only problem is that Lyft and Uber say that the new law doesn't apply to them. At the very least, they don't intend to comply.

Worker classification for gig employees has been a hot topic in California for a while now, ever since state officials started looking hard at the way ride-sharing companies operate. Requiring companies to classify their drivers as employees is intended to provide those workers with benefits that they don't currently have. Chief among those benefits is the right to receive workers' compensation when they've been injured on the job.

The ink wasn't even dry on the governor's signature, however, before Uber's representatives announced that they don't intend to change anything about how they do business. Uber is claiming that they are really a tech company that puts people in need of rides in touch with people willing to provide them for a fee.

Misclassification of workers is a big problem -- especially once someone has been injured. Workers who are misclassified often don't know that they may be able to fight the erroneous label and obtain workers' compensation benefits despite an employer's objections.

If you've been injured on the job but your employer denies that you were an actual employee, it's worth your while to talk to an attorney about your case.

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