Ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft have long disingenuously insisted that they are not transportation companies. This is a legal strategy that, so far, has allowed them to label their legions of drivers as contract workers, depriving them of company-backed benefits like healthcare, paid leave and severance pay.
But as of Thursday, at least in California, Uber and Lyft may finally be able to state honestly they are not in the business of arranging rides.
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