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Massachusetts Court Blocks Gig-Worker Ballot Measure

The prime court docket in Massachusetts blocked a poll measure Tuesday that may have requested voters to categorise gig employees as unbiased contractors reasonably than staff, saying the measure overreached by limiting gig corporations’ legal responsibility in some conditions.

The determination is a setback for corporations corresponding to Uber Technologies and Lyft that depend on such employees. After a decade of sturdy development, ride-share and food-delivery corporations have spent latest years reckoning with efforts by coverage makers and labor advocates to reclassify drivers as staff—entitled to advantages such at least wage, paid sick depart and unemployment help.