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Oregon To Uber: Drivers Are Employees

Posted on October 16, 2015

Oregon labor officials will begin classifying Uber drivers as employees instead of contractors, according to an advisory opinion released Wednesday.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued the advisory. It states that Uber drives will no longer be considered contractors. The very business model Uber is based on, however, relies on contracting. The transportation network company (TNC) opposes the opinion.

From LCT: Commenting on the significance of the decision, Dav El/Boston Coach CEO and National Limousine Association board director Scott Solombrino told LCT: "The state of Oregon has finally recognized what we have known for years. Uber is an employer of drivers and they need to be held accountable to the Fair Labor Standards Act. They should immediately reclassify the employees and begin to pay overtime, unemployment insurence, healthcare, and workers compensation, and give the drivers the right to organize. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of more states and the federal government forcing TNCs to operate legally." Solombrino, also the NLA Legislative Committee Co-Chair, is among the foremost industry advocates of achieving regulatory equity between TNCs and limouisine companies through the fair application of labor standards and rules.

Daily Caller item here

Portland Oregonian article here

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