Measure that could exempt Uber, Lyft, DoorDash from AB5 qualifies for November ballot

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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