Gig-drive companies win fight to not make drivers employees -- what does that mean?


While we've all been obsessed with the big elections, some notable news in California, where a corporate sponsored bill to reverse California AB5 on gig-drivers passed. AB5 would have required drivers for companies like Uber to be employees and not contractors.

What would Uber have done if it had not passed, or what can they do if an employee rule passes somewhere else? I discuss these issues in a new story on

Uber drivers will remain contractors -- is it good?

Important note: Forbes is putting up a paywall if you read more than 5 stories there per month. I am working to see what a good solution is for that. I am allowed to post my Forbes stories here 5 days later under the terms of my agreement with them, and I could put a tag on them so RSS readers do or don't see them. (I already have an RSS feed for people who want to avoid these link stories.)


Please, I would prefer a feed with your Forbes articles delayed by 5 days or whatever you are allowed. I cannot afford a Forbes subscription.

But I will do it if there's a lot of readers who would prefer it. I usually write the articles using Forbes' internal tools, so I would need to suck down the Forbes HTML and mogrify it into simpler HTML to post here, and I can't take all the images.

It is true that after switching most of my writing to Forbes that readership here dropped, not too surprising.

I, too, would prefer to be able to read your articles here, even if it meant a delay. The hoops I have to go through to read them at are just enough of an obstacle to make it not worth it.

I'm drawing a blank on the catchphrase, but the philosophy I've heard is that you should publish your content as far and wide as you can, but you should make sure that all of it is accessible at your primary site. That makes it easy for people to find you, gives you a canonical location to point to, and protects you from the other sites folding.

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