OP-ED: JACK LANK Protect Drivers and the Gig Economy

JACK LANK, My Backyard News The gig economy is not only here to stay, but also increasingly important for our regional economy. New rideshare data released last week by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities found that the Attleboro region is one of the few in the state that has...

Ongoing debate over how Uber, Lyft drivers should be classified

Letter to the Editor, Boston Globe Gig economy work is fundamentally different from traditional employment In their op-ed attacking rideshare companies, “Uber, Lyft drivers deserve better protections” (May 2), Mark Erlich and Rand Wilson claim that “drivers function in every respect as employees and should have the protections associated with that status...

Mass., California moving in different directions on gig worker issue

Jennifer Smith, CommonWealth Beacon MASSACHUSETTS AND CALIFORNIA for now are on very different tracks when it comes to classifying gig workers as independent contractors or employees. Whether the question is tangled in west coast courts or marching up Beacon Hill, it’s not going away in either state any time soon. For...

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Worcester Chamber of Commerce, drivers discuss future of rideshare and delivery apps

Devin Bates, Spectrum 1 News WORCESTER, Mass. – Delivery and rideshare apps like DoorDash, Uber and Lyft have become a convenient part of many people’s everyday lives, but discussions about the future of these services and about the people who drive for them are a bit more complicated.  App-based delivery and...

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Older Cape Codders have found a way to make money, and relax. Here’s how.

Rasheek Tabassum Mujib, The Cape Cod Times Patricia Hill, 64, of Hyannis, started driving for Uber in 2019, shortly after being laid off from a Fortune 500 company. At the time, living in Rochester, New York, it seemed like an excellent option to earn money since she wasn’t sure about...

Rideshare driver Raya Denny on October 21, 2021 in Springfield. Photo by Angela Rowlings

Leaders discuss future of rideshare and delivery drivers in Springfield

Emma McCorkindale, Taylor Knight, WWLP SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There was a discussion about the need for a solution for the future of rideshare and delivery drivers in Springfield held on Tuesday. Business leaders from the Springfield area gathered at the Latino Economic Development Corporation on Fort Street to discuss the...

Las apps de comida y transporte se apoderan de Massachusetts

El Planeta Un nuevo estudio realizado por BW Research Partnership muestra que los residentes, las empresas y los visitantes de Massachusetts dependieron en gran medida de los servicios de entrega de comida y transporte compartido en 2021, utilizándolos casi 85 millones de veces. Una de las cifras que destaca el...

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Industry-Requested Study Equates Contractor Status to 9 Percent Raise

State House News Service But having the ability to set one’s own schedule is valuable to gig economy workers, Kathryn Shaw, a labor economist at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, found. A report she conducted at the behest of the campaign...

Worcester chamber to endorse gig worker bill

Alexander MacDougall, Worcester Business Journal The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce intends to announce its support for a bill in the Massachusetts House of Representatives that would classify gig workers, such as for ride sharing apps, as independent contractors and not employees.  The chamber intends to show its support at...