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The bill would allow gig workers, such as Uber and
“I am thankful that the U.S.
“The 1.3 million Americans who drive and deliver with Uber are facing extraordinary economic challenges. Many are on the front lines of this crisis, keeping their communities moving and getting food to people sheltering indoors,” he said. “Those who’ve lost the opportunity to earn need and deserve this support. I encourage the House to act on this legislation to address this emergency, and I am committed that Uber will do its part to advocate for new laws that permit companies like ours to provide additional benefits for independent workers going forward.”
The protection also marks a win for the companies that employ gig workers and rely on them for their businesses to function.
In a letter to Trump this week, Khosrowshahi advocated for a “third way” to classify workers outside of the binary of employee versus contractor to “to remove the forced choice between flexibility and protection for millions of American workers.”
Advocates for the California law say gig workers at Uber and other firms are clearly core to their businesses and therefore should not meet the requirements of a contractor. But Uber has said their model allows workers to form a schedule that meets their needs and gain supplemental income.
Uber will still have a lot of work ahead of it to convince lawmakers that they should create an entirely new classification for its workers. But in the meantime, the provision in the stimulus bill could set the groundwork for Uber to argue in the future for the government to protect workers where their contractor status leaves them exposed.
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