Regulations

Oregon To Uber: Drivers Are Employees

Posted on October 16, 2015

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Says Uber Drivers Are Employees. (Does that mean he has to shave the beard?)
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Says Uber Drivers Are Employees. (Does that mean he has to shave the beard?)

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

View comments or post a comment on this story. (2 Comments)

More News

Classifying Uber's Business Model: A Complicated Affair

Governments have every right to regulate a digital platform that arranges rides and provides work for its citizens.

Industry Leaders Adjust Political Agenda For Trump Era

The NLA is sizing up a post-Nov. 8 legislative and regulatory scene that could yield breakthroughs as well as new unknowns.

Mass. TNC Drivers Face Background Checks Sooner

The state will conduct Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information background checks and consult motor vehicles records.

What Will Trump's Transportation Pick Mean For TNCs?

Department of Transportation Secretary nominee Elaine Chao has shown friendliness to the gig economy.

Airports Add Surcharges for Limos, Taxis, And TNCs

Officials at most airports were reluctant to explain why they charged the fees except that doing so helps keep airport costs down.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (2)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - December 2016 $12.95 GLOBAL/INTERNATIONAL ISSUE COVER STORY: * The Coolest Operators on the Planet * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close