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Uber Launches Uber Works Temporary Worker Program Friday in Chicago



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Uber is branching out in the temporary workers business with Uber Works.


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Uber delves into the economy of concerts on Friday, launching a new application for bespoke workers seeking temporary positions. Uber Works, which is responsible for workers with work events such as chefs and waiters, will begin work in Chicago on Friday, the company said Wednesday.

Uber has been working on a hide-and-seek project in Chicago for the past year and has previously experimented with it in Los Angeles. It operates as its own business, similar to Uber, Uber Eats, and its automotive business, Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

"We believe that a new, cutting-edge technology approach can deliver faster and easier means that people will be able to get a job while offering more understanding of many job opportunities – improving the experience for both workers and businesses," he said Uber in a post on Wednesday.

Uber says the app will provide information such as gross pay, place of work, and necessary skills and attire. It will also keep track of opening hours, logging in when users logged in, logged out, and aborted.

The news of the launch of the program is because the economy of the concert, on which Uber depends on employees, is about to go through a serious turning point in California. Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an important bill, AB 5, into a law that could require companies that use independent contractors to reclassify their workers as workers.


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According to AB 5, all companies that use independent contractors in the state will be tested in three parts, which looks at how much control the company has over its employees. If companies fail the test, they may need to classify their employees as employees. This means that these workers will have access to labor rights, such as minimum wage, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and the ability to join a trade union.

Uber will work with staffing agencies, including TrueBlue, one of the largest workforce management companies in the United States.

Uber has announced that it will announce plans to expand the program area after focusing on success in Chicago.

Dara Kerr of CNET contributed to this report.


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