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Uber may stop letting drivers see destinations and name prices

Uber may stop letting drivers see destinations and name prices

A year ago, see ride destinations before picking up passengers and let them set pricing in an effort to prove that the drivers were truly independent contractors. It was part of the company’s strategy to block drivers from being reclassified as employees under AB5, California’s gig-work law.Now, Uber is acknowledging that the move has hurt business and is considering axing its visible destinations and price-naming policies, The Chronicle has learned. The see-saw may disappoint drivers who appreciated that extra control over their work.Too many drivers cherry-pick lucrative rides and decline...

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Uber drivers refused rides to a blind woman and her guide dog. Now the company must pay up

Uber drivers refused rides to a blind woman and her guide dog. Now the company must pay up

Bernie, a Labrador retriever, trained for two years at Guiding Eyes for the Blind to be a service animal.“He was clean, well behaved, very quiet and always under my control,” said his owner, Lisa Irving of Mill Valley, who is legally blind.Yet when Irving would summon an Uber, she said drivers frequently balked at letting Bernie in their cars, even as she explained that the Americans with Disabilities Act entitled her service animal to accompany her. Often the drivers would leave her stranded, needing to find another ride. Sometimes she ended up late to doctors’ appointments or to her work...

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Chesa Boudin is suing a N.Y. company for violating California's AB5 gig-work law

Chesa Boudin is suing a N.Y. company for violating California's AB5 gig-work law

San Francisco and Los Angeles on Wednesday sued Handy.com, which provides in-home services, for misclassifying its house cleaners and handypeople as independent contractors rather than employees.“We cannot permit companies like Handy to unlawfully classify employees as independent contractors in order to cut costs or deprive workers of legal protections,” said San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who jointly filed the case with Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. “All Californians are harmed when corporations violate the law, exploit their employees and engage in...

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Oakland approves hazard pay for supermarket workers

Oakland approves hazard pay for supermarket workers

Should grocery workers, who spend hours indoors in businesses catering to a wide range of customers, receive hazard pay?Bay Area and other California cities are increasingly saying “yes” to that question, creating momentum that could spread nationwide.Oakland’s City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to implement an emergency ordinance to add $5 an hour onto the pay of workers at large grocery stores. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday weighed a similar measure. Other Bay Area cities including Berkeley, Concord and Antioch are considering following suit, according to union...

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Bay Area braces for fallout as nation's unemployment skyrockets to historic 14.7%

Bay Area braces for fallout as nation's unemployment skyrockets to historic 14.7%

The national unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7% in April, according to Department of Labor figures released Friday that track a labor market deeply scarred by the coronavirus pandemic.The rate soared from the previous 4.4% unemployment rate — already a huge bump from the historically low levels the job market has seen for a decade — that reflected a listing March economy. The one-month jump from March to April set a record since the government began tracking the figures in 1948, and the rate itself was higher than the modern economy has ever seen.Over the past seven weeks, filed for...

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May 8, 2020
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