Thursday, December 6, 2018
Much has already been written on the status of Uber/Lyft drivers as independent contractors v. employees. This issue directly impacts the working relationship of tens of thousands of workers in the technology sector, and touches on almost all areas of employment law -- most notably wage/hour regulations. The city of New York in many ways just bypassed this entire question by directly providing a new minimum wage specifically targeting ridesharing workers. This new law, the first of its kind, mandates that ridesharing companies such as Lyft and Uber compensate their drivers for expenses and pay these workers at least $17.22 per hour.
It will be interesting to see to what extent these new requirements will raise rates and/or impact corporate profits. It will further be interesting to watch if other jurisdictions follow New York's lead.