Alabama, Georgia Lawmakers Make Uber, Grubhub Drivers Independent Contractors

From the Insurance Journal, William Rabb reports that Alabama and Georgia are poised to enact laws that make drivers independent contractors. William writes:

Alabama and Georgia are poised to join the ranks of those states making it clear that drivers for Uber, Lyft, Grubhub and other delivery and ride-sharing apps should be considered independent contractors, not employees with workers’ compensation insurance and other benefits.

The Georgia Senate on Monday unanimously approved House Bill 389, sending it to the governor. The bill notes that a worker will be considered an employee unless he or she has a certain amount of control over the work. To be considered an independent contractor, the worker must not be prohibited from working for other companies, must not be prescribed work hours, among other requirements.

The bill, by Rep. Todd Jones and others, also would penalties for companies that violate the rules.

Late last week, the Alabama Senate passed a revised version of Senate Bill 150, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey a second time for her signature. The Legislature passed the bill in March, but the governor requested some amendments, including a line that the driver would not be responsible for automobile liability insurance.

After agreeing to Ivey’s changes, the House and Senate approved the bill on Thursday. The governor is expected to sign it soon.

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