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Prop 22 in California: What changes for drivers and what stays the same?

| Dec 16, 2020 | Wage & Hour Law

In November, Californians voted on Proposition 22. Voters approved the measure, and the result is that ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft will still be allowed to classify their drivers as independent contractors. However, some drivers aren’t so sure that the result is actually a win.

Drivers who are happy

One Uber driver said that he was thrilled with the result because it continues to give him the freedom and flexibility to essentially work for himself. He stated that he makes over $100,000 per year driving for Uber, and he was afraid that being classified as an employee instead of a contractor would limit both his income and his scheduling flexibility.

Drivers who aren’t happy

One Lyft driver, who drives for the company but worked with a group that opposed Proposition 22, said he feels that Lyft and Uber drivers are taken advantage of by the ride-sharing companies. He cited poor working conditions and the lack of benefits afforded to drivers.

What changed?

The approval of Proposition 22 will lead to some changes for independent contractors like those who work for Uber and Lyft. The measure does require companies to begin offering some benefits to their drivers that weren’t previously offered. Both Uber and Lyft will begin offering stipends that can be used toward accident insurance, health insurance and some amount of guaranteed pay for services performed.

Getting legal help for a wage and hour issue

California’s employment laws are ever-changing and very complex, but they also offer some of the world’s strongest protections for workers. If you believe that you have been taken advantage of by an employer, you may want to seek legal help.

An employment law attorney can review the issues you’ve experienced at work and compare them to current state and federal laws. If it can be proven that your employer has violated wage and hour laws, you may be entitled to significant compensation for unpaid wages.