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New Florida Statute Regulates the Ride-Sharing Industry and Classifies Drivers as Independent Contractors

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The Florida Legislature recently enacted legislation regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), commonly referred to as “ride-sharing” companies. Under the new statute, TNCs will be able to lawfully classify their drivers as independent contractors—at least for purposes of Florida law—so long as certain statutory criteria are met. This has great significance to TNCs and their drivers, because a number of state and local employment laws in Florida apply only to employees, and not to independent contractors, including the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 and Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. The new statute will establish a legal framework for TNCs in Florida and preempt the regulation of TNCs by local governments.

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