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The Next Battleground for Gig Worker Labor Laws: Massachusetts


Less than two years after a fierce election fight in California, gig companies like Uber and Lyft are again colliding with labor groups, politicians and the courts over a ballot measure in Massachusetts that would preserve the independent status of drivers for the companies.The Massachusetts proposition would guarantee workers a minimum wage but limit their access to other benefits offered to regular employees, similar to the ballot measure in California. And as in California, state judges could thwart the multimillion-dollar campaign being waged by gig companies.A Massachusetts court has questioned whether the gig-work proposition violates state law, and there is a chance the November ballot measure could be thrown out this summer.The conflict comes as state politicians from Massachusetts and other states r …

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