The legal test that determines whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee could be under scrutiny from the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB recently invited public briefing on how to classify workers, which means the federal government is possibly considering changing those guidelines, per Bloomberg. So cue the PR blitz from Uber and Lyft.
It’s too early to tell right now, but this could be good for workers and bad for the tech companies, which refuse to acknowledge that the folks doing the work are, in fact, their workers and not just people who stumbled onto a delivery.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have relied on passing state ballots to classify drivers as independent contractors, excluding them from worker benefits and protections.