Following the unprecedented rise in popularity of the ride-sharing service Uber, lawsuits were filed across the country challenging Uber's designation of their drivers as independent contractors. Up until recently, Uber's sister company UberEats, a delivery service for local restaurants available in cities across the nation, was spared from these type of labor challenges. However, a lawsuit was recently filed in Tampa challenging the designation of the delivery drivers as independent contractors. The lawsuit contends that the drivers are employees of UberEats and are being deprived of benefits ranging from minimum wage protections to workers' compensation insurance. Currently the attorneys representing the plaintiff are seeking class action status indicating that the class could include over 1,000 drivers.
Unfortunately, misclassifying workers as independent contractors is a problem that has existed for years in Florida and can have a large impact on an injured worker's ability to obtain workers' compensation benefits. If you or your loved ones have experienced issues with employment classifications, contact our office to speak with one of our attorneys regarding your rights. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.
Recently, one of our fellow members in Florida’s Workers’ Advocates (FWA) an advocacy group of workers’ compensation claimant attorneys which fights for the rights of all injured workers in Florida, wrote a guest column for Florida Politics providing some ideas on how to reform the workers' compensation law. The ideas center around balancing the interests of injured workers and employers to create a fair policy that will work for both parties.
Some of the ideas include: Creating a competition based system for setting workers' compensation insurance rates, allowing some direction of control by the injured worker in their medical care, and ensuring that the injured worker has proper access to courts to fight for benefits that have been wrongfully denied.
As the debates begin to ramp up in the legislature over the effectiveness of red-light cameras, a new report reveals increased accidents at intersections with red-light cameras.
After reviewing 148 intersections in 28 cities across Florida, it was found that accidents increased by 10% compared to accidents before the red-light cameras were installed. The report does reveal some decreases in certain accidents, such as those involving non-motorists were down about 20%. However, the debate still continues over whether red-light cameras are helping to keep Floridians safe or are they merely acting as cash creators for the state.