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

Related Topics: employee vs independent contractor, independent contractor issues, Oregon operators, regulatory enforcement, state regulations, TNCs, Uber

Comments ( 2 )
  • anthony

     | about 5 years ago

    My issue with guber is they under charged for service, usually less then what a taxi would charge for the same trip. As long as guber did not pay the drivers from the second they turned on their guber phones to the second they turned it off. I have seen some drivers work 12 hours to make something Let me educate all your guys that love guber. Xyz 16 year old limousibe company pays a total of 4.5 million dollars to workers comps in california While zxy company cooked the books and did not pay their 4.5 million to worker comps One company followed the law while the other did not.... So now guber inc will have back wages to deal with...on top of their 450 million operating loss. For a so called tech giant with a bogus evaluation, just that operating loss should change their market cap and their ceo fired for allowing a 450 million loss, ice cream day event, commercials on t.v. for drivers... Let me give another example with their guber commercial. A company that does not pay their fare share should not be allowed to have commercials on local tv to find drivers, since they dont pay their fair share into the system and operate at a loss they are simply destroying the pricing on transporation for the retail customers.

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