Uber, Lyft denied extension to make drivers employees in California
Uber and Lyft are still obligated to classify drivers as employees after a California superior court judge denied the companies’ attempt to delay a preliminary injunction from going into effect. The two companies have threatened to leave the state if they are forced to change the status of their drivers from independent contractors to employees.
Earlier this week, Uber and Lyft were ordered by California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman to classify their drivers as employees. The 10-day deadline to force drivers to be reclassified started when the judge issued the ruling on August 10th. If Uber and Lyft’s additional appeals are denied or not heard in time, the ride-hail companies say they will follow through on their threat to cease operations in California after August 20th.