Uber Drivers May Get Jobless Benefits in Keystone State (1)

July 27, 2020, 1:04 PM; Updated: July 27, 2020, 10:56 PM

Driving for Uber didn’t disqualify an out-of-work behavioral therapist from the right to receive jobless benefits, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled.

The driver, Donald Lowman, remained eligible for benefits because he wasn’t self-employed, the court said, ruling on an issue of first impression.

The ruling gives a lift to workers who’ve turned to the gig economy after coronavirus-driven job losses. It also adds to the relatively scant case law examining whether workers who earn money from app-based companies like Uber Technologies Inc. are eligible for the benefits and legal protections owed to employees.

“This is a huge step forward in ...

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