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Uber-Backed Gig Driver Question Qualifies for California Ballot

May 23, 2020, 1:15 AM

California voters will decide in November whether rideshare drivers can get some of the benefits of employees while remaining independent contractors, a vote that could exempt their employers from the state’s landmark gig worker law.

The initiative, backed by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., grocery shopping services Instacart Inc. and Postmates Inc., and take-out delivery company DoorDash Inc., successfully collected more than the 623,212 verified signatures needed to qualify for the Nov. 3 ballot, the California Secretary of State’s office announced Friday.

If the initiative succeeds, companies that use on-demand contract workers wouldn’t have to add them...

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