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Uber Adjusts App in California as Response to New Labor Law

  • A.B. 5 is designed to reclassify drivers as employees
  • Uber, Postmates have sued in attempt to block the new law
An Uber driver is seen at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California.

An Uber driver is seen at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California.

Photographer: Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg
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Uber Technologies Inc. made changes to its ride-hailing app in California, tweaking fares and features to respond to a new state law designed to reclassify gig economy workers as employees.

Changes for passengers include a shift from showing upfront pricing on trips to showing an estimated price range, the ability to schedule rides with favorite drivers and adjustments to a rewards program. For drivers, the revamp includes an end to flat surge pricing and the ability to quickly see how much they will make on each ride.