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Prop. 22 in California passes, allowing app-based drivers to be reclassified

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Posted at 11:48 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 11:33:20-05

(KGTV) -- Proposition 22 was approved by California voters on Tuesday, allowing app-based and delivery drivers to be classified as independent contractors.

Under Prop. 22, workers would be guaranteed an hourly wage and sick leave.

The proposition also states that drivers who work more than 15 hours per week would qualify for a monthly health insurance stipend, new medical and disability benefits if injured on the job, and new rules pertaining to rest periods, sexual harassment, and criminal background checks.

Supporters say Prop. 22 protects app-based drivers’ choice to be independent contractors. The proposition is also endorsed by a majority of drivers, community members, and small business groups.

Those opposed to Prop. 22 say a “no” vote stops companies from writing their own exemption to California law. Opponents also say the proposition denies drivers rights and safety protections.

Proposition 22 was launched and partially funded by Lyft and Uber. Nearly $200 million was spent on the campaign for this proposition alone.