Tufts report urges lawmakers to resolve gig driver ballot question

Lucia Maffei, Boston Business Journal

A new report from Tufts University is urging lawmakers to take action on the classification of gig drivers before the November election, calling a ballot question that will go before voters “unusual.”

Researchers at the Center for State Policy Analysis within the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University released the report Wednesday, focused on a ballot initiative backed by Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and Doordash Inc. The ballot question seeks to classify all drivers for such companies as independent contractors regardless of how many hours they work, thereby making them ineligible for a slew of benefits (like health insurance and paid sick time) the state mandates for all full-time workers.