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The Battle of Uber - David Harris

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David Harris, a lawyer specialising in labour rights based in Toronto, shares some updates about the rapidly developing conflict between Uber and the municipalities which are overseeing their evolving labour relations policies.

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The Battle of Uber - David Harris

  1. 1. David Harris Toronto THE BATTLE OF MODERN LABOUR, TECH INNOVATION & UBER How the transportation industry is transforming & why it matters.
  2. 2. David Harris Toronto EMPLOYEES, NOT CONTRACTORS The California Labour Commissioner has ruled that individuals who work as a driver for the ride-hailing business are employees and not simply contractors.
  3. 3. David Harris Toronto TECHNOLOGY VS. TRANSPORTATION This development may well impact Uber Canada’s argument that it’s a technology company, not a cab company. As a taxi company, they would be subject to stringent industry standards.
  4. 4. Insurance is a major issue of contention for Uber. If the company doesn’t cover the cost, the burden would be on drivers to meet the requirements of various municipal by-laws and endorsements to carry passengers. WHO SHOULDERS THE BURDEN?
  5. 5. David Harris Toronto If an Uber driver is involved in an accident, there could be a huge liability to the individual driver if a private insurance carrier were to claim that the driver lied by not informing them that they were operating a vehicle for hire. LIABILITY ISSUES
  6. 6. David Harris Toronto If an Uber driver is involved in an accident, there could be a huge liability to the individual driver if a private insurance carrier were to claim that the driver lied by not informing them that they were operating a vehicle for hire. LIABILITY ISSUES
  7. 7. Canadian Uber drivers could assert themselves as employees in the wake of the California ruling. This could mean employment insurance, health coverage, benefits rights and severance rights on termination - but, there is no guarantee. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
  8. 8. As technology continues to revolutionize daily life, workers may well find they need to revisit and rework outdated and insufficient forms of protection to keep from being exploited and/or made obsolete. A NEW DAY

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