Uber has Just officially, Announced the launch of a new app for matching shift workers with shifts, called Uber Works, working in partnership with staffing agencies.
In a blog post about the Uber Works launch, which is starting in Chicago but slated to be expanding to more areas “soon”.
The company writes that it’s “committed to deliver services that support skill up-leveling and promote work re-entry”, saying it will be partnering with “various organizations that support workers in their employment journey”.
The new law means gig economy workers who are managed algorithmically via platforms will very likely be entitled to minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and other benefits
because it requires employers to apply the ABC test in order to classify a worker as an independent contractor — meaning they will need to prove the worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity; performs work outside the scope of the entity’s business, and is regularly engaged in work of some independently established trade or other similar business.
The law is due to take effect on January 1, 2020. Uber is not going gentle into that good night and has continued to deny the law applies to its business — saying it will do what’s necessary to keep the contractor status.
It is pushing against the tide, though. At home and abroad. In Europe, t’s already been forced to offer a number of concessions (such as free insurance and caps on working hours) after a series of legal and regulatory challenges.
As well as close political scrutiny of how its business operates — including the pay and conditions it provides workers.
Here’s how Uber is pitching the play
“Today, millions of Americans use staffing agencies to find work, Yet the status quo is not ideal, for workers or for businesses,Workers face rigid scheduling and opaque information about where they can pick up shifts and how much they can expect to earn, Businesses struggle to staff up to meet peak demand, and have to grapple with missed shifts and high turnover.We believe a new, technology-first approach can provide faster and easier means for people to get work, while offering greater insight into the many opportunities for work that are out there—improving the experience for workers and businesses alike,That’s why over the past year, we’ve studied and built tech solutions that can help positively impact a workers’ shift experience and eliminate bottlenecks to finding work.”
Two Years ago The giant of Uber have been repeatedly commanded to argue about the technology Platform, not about the transportation of the company.
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Uber is hoping to cast itself as a technology Platform, There’s no word on where in the US it might expand Uber Works to next.