Federal Labor Board’s Top Lawyer Says Uber Drivers are Contractors

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Reprinted from The Hill byEmily Birnbaum on May 14, 2019.

The federal labor board’s top lawyer said Tuesday that Uber drivers should be classified as contractors, meaning they should not be eligible to the full range of benefits offered to full-time employees.

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel said in an advice memo released Tuesday that the flexibility and control given to Uber drivers means they work with “entrepreneurial freedom consistent with independent-contractor status.” …

Uber drivers and other gig economy workers have organized and rallied against this classification, saying it precludes them from fair labor practices such as minimum wage protections, the ability to form or join a union, and the full range of benefits given to employees. …

The Hill 5/14

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