Cleaning house as it revs up for a Wall Street debut, Uber has reached a settlement with some drivers who sought to be reclassified as employees in a long-running lawsuit. Uber will pay $20 million to about 13,600 drivers in California and Massachusetts who are not covered by its mandatory arbitration agreements. Like other on-demand companies, Uber fiercely resists attempts to turn its workforce of contractors into employees. Companies say they need the flexibility of independent contractors, while critics say the companies want to avoid the expenses of paying minimum wage, overtime, expense reimbursement, unemployment insurance and other benefits. The proposed settlement, which still requires a judge’s approval, is considerably less than a previous $100 million settlement reached in the same case. That’s because the case, O’Connor vs. Uber, had achieved class-action status on behalf of some 385,000 drivers, until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in September … [Read more...] about Uber to pay $20 million to some California, Massachusetts drivers in gig-work case
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Adam Vaccaro Globe Staff February 12, 2019 It’s probably crossed your mind while grinding through another commute into downtown, or in one of those horizon-bending backups on Routes 128 or 3: Boston must have the worst rush-hour traffic in the country. Now you can back that up with numbers.Gridlock during the peak of the morning and evening commutes was worse in Boston in 2018 than in any other major metropolitan area, even Los Angeles with its infamous traffic, according to a report from Inrix, a transportation data firm that publishes annual rankings of congestion around the world.“We like beating LA, but not necessarily in this category,” said James Rooney, president of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, adding that officials must consider new transportation projects to solve the problem. “It demands attention.” Advertisement … [Read more...] about Bragging rights? Boston now has the worst rush-hour traffic in the country, report says
By Washington Post | PUBLISHED: July 25, 2018 at 7:33 am | UPDATED: July 25, 2018 at 7:41 am By Faiz Siddiqui | The Washington Post The explosive growth of Uber and Lyft has created a new traffic problem for major U.S. cities and ride-sharing options such as UberPool and Lyft Line are exacerbating the issue by appealing directly to customers who would otherwise have taken transit, walked, biked or not used a ride-hail service at all, according to a new study. The report by Bruce Schaller, author of the influential study, “Unsustainable?”, which found ride-hail services were making traffic congestion in New York City worse, constructs a detailed profile of the typical ride-hail user and issues a stark warning to cities: make efforts to counter the growth of ride-hail services, or surrender city streets to fleets of private cars, creating a more hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists and ultimately make urban cores less desirable places to live. Schaller … [Read more...] about A new study says services like UberPool and Lyft Line are making traffic worse
Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post Published 6:38 am, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By SeongJoon Cho Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 An engineer looks inside a Hyundai Motor Co. Nexo autonomous fuel cell electric vehicle in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 20, 2018. An engineer looks inside a Hyundai Motor Co. Nexo autonomous fuel cell electric vehicle in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 20, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By SeongJoon Cho Could driverless cars cause more congestion in urban cores? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery As the era of driverless cars looms, a new Boston-based study suggests the vehicles may increase traffic congestion in downtown areas as more people embrace ride-hailing services and abandon transit. The same study also found, however, that driverless vehicles could … [Read more...] about Could driverless cars cause more congestion in urban cores?
Sports By The Associated Press | Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras tags out Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor at home off a throw from right fielder Jason Heyward, to end the top half of the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) CHICAGO — Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday. Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a triple and a steal. He also made some solid plays at shortstop and second base. ADVERTISING Kyle Schwarber hit his 14th homer, and Kris Bryant added two hits and an RBI. And the Cubs handed Ross Stripling his first loss since April 30, taking two of three in a rematch of the past two NL Championship Series. Lester walked three and struck out one batter. … [Read more...] about Lester wins 5th straight, Cubs beat Dodgers 4-0