Measure that could exempt Uber, Lyft, DoorDash from AB5 qualifies for November ballot
California voters will decide this November whether to exempt app-based drivers and couriers — like those working for Uber, Lyft and DoorDash — from a state law that sought to classify the drivers as employees.
A measure proposed by the three companies qualified Friday for the statewide ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said.
If voters approve the measure, app-based drivers and couriers would be exempt from California’s new gig-work law AB5, which classifies these workers as independent contractors so they would be guaranteed some benefits, such as a form of workers’ compensation and disability insurance.
Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 3 General Election ballot election on June 25.
Art Pulaski, the executive secretary-treasurer of the California Labor Federation, responded to the measure qualifying in a Friday evening statement.
“We’re confident voters will reject this cynical measure to ensure these multi-billion dollar companies play by the same rules as all other law-abiding businesses,” Pulaski said.
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