Does Uber Have Employees?

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From BloombergView, Noah Feldman discusses the various arguments about whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors.  Noah suggests that ultimately, Uber drivers will be independent contractors because Uber provides a valuable service to citizens and Uber might stop providing this service if their drivers were considered employees.  Noah begins his discussion by asking his children what they thought. Noah writes:

Is an Uber driver an employee, as the California Labor Commission has ruled, or an independent contractor, as Uber maintains?

You don’t have to be a lawyer to have an opinion, and now that school’s out, I asked two associates who happened to be with me as I was reading the labor commissioner’s decision. The 8-year-old said that Uber isn’t supervising the driver, so Uber isn’t the employer. The 9-year-old said Uber can fire the driver if the driver’s rating gets too low, which sounded more like Uber was the boss.

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