NEW YORK – Ride-hailing giant Uber, along with delivery company Postmates, sued California over a new law that aims to reclassify their drivers and delivery workers as employees instead of contractors.
The law, which went into effect this month, could upend the business models of the companies that shaped the “gig economy,” where contract workers use smartphone apps to accept odd jobs driving or delivering goods as frequently as they wish.
California's new law creates the nation's strictest test for determining whether a worker is considered an employee.
The law aims to give workers rights such as minimum wage, mileage reimbursement, paid sick leave, medical coverage and disability pay for on-the-job injuries.
Initial Navistar settlement reached
A Chicago federal judge has given initial approval to Navistar's agreement to pay truck owners and lessees $135 million to settle a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective engine emission systems.
The settlement, pending final court approval, ends a lengthy court battle for the manufacturer, which built thousands of 2011 to 2014 model year commercial trucks with an alleged emissions design flaw that resulted in breakdowns and engine damage.
Microsoft unveils predator detector
Microsoft says it has developed a technique to detect online predators using the chat function in video games to try to sexually exploit children.
Microsoft, which makes the Xbox gaming system, says its new technology will automatically scan text-based conversations for signs of potential exploitation.
A human moderator can then review the flagged conversation and determine if it should be reported to law enforcement.
British Airways parent gets new CEO
The parent company of British Airways and Iberia said longtime CEO Willie Walsh is retiring. International Airlines Group said that Iberia's chief executive, Luis Gallego, will replace Walsh.
Launched in 2011, IAG says it serves more than 268 destinations and carries 113 million passengers each year. It made a net profit of $3.2 billion in 2018, the last full year for which figures are available.