Uber-backed gig worker initiative wins in California: US media

San Francisco (AFP) – California voters have put the brakes on a state law that threatened to disrupt the “gig economy”, or the use of smartphone apps to connect people with paying tasks such as providing rides or fetching take-away meals.Around 58 percent of voters in Tuesday’s ballot backed a proposition that exempted ride-share rivals Uber and Lyft from a new state law requiring drivers to be treated as employees.Proposition 22 lets the San Francisco-based companies continue treating drivers as independent contractors, albeit with some benefits.The fate of the law, which Uber and Lyft had c…

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