California ballot measure throws lifeline to Uber and DoorDash

This year, Californians will vote on a ballot measure to allow companies like Uber and DoorDash to classify drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, a vote with major implications for gig economy workers across the country.

The measure would partially repeal a new California law that classifies such drivers as employees instead of contractors, giving them access to benefits like company-sponsored healthcare and paid time off.

Companies such as DoorDash, Lyft, Uber, Instacart, and Postmates support the ballot measure, Proposition 22, which would allow app-based drivers to work as contractors. The measure would not affect other types of workers.

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