BY ANDY ROSEN — JANUARY 13, 2021
“Millions of dollars and countless hours of debate have been spent on a question that could define the future of work in Massachusetts and around the country: Are gig workers such as ride-hail drivers employees of tech companies like Uber and Lyft, or do they work for themselves?
The distinction has dramatic implications for those workers, who as employees would have benefits and protections, including unemployment insurance and collective bargaining rights. But the online platforms that treat their workers as independent contractors say the jobs may not exist if they were forced to carry traditional payrolls.
The discussion is heating up with the prospect of a more labor-friendly Biden administration, and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s ongoing lawsuit seeks to force Uber and Lyft to classify drivers as employees.”
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