While California, New York, and Washington recently enacted laws to give these industry’s workers access to benefits like sick leave and worker’s compensation, Alabama and Georgia are drawing the lines a little differently.
Rideshare drivers: employees or independent contractors?
The honeymoon has been over for a while. While Uber and other companies began by telling people that driving for them was an easy way to make some extra cash, car insurance prices and industry regulations have proven that to not be true.
On top of that, these companies, whether focused on food delivery or taxi services, want to hire drivers as independent contractors. In most states, that status keeps them from having to offer benefits like paid sick leave and worker’s compensation in the event of an injury on the job.
How do the new laws in Alabama and Georgia change things?
The position this puts drivers in has become a concern as the relatively new industry grows. So to help drivers and apps get along, states have begun redefining the position to try to make both parties happy.
How do the new laws in Alabama and Georgia compare to other states?
But compared to other laws put in place around the country, the new protections in the two Southern states are pretty light. In California and New York, most drivers are now considered employees.