Ex-convict’s Lyft License Driving Debate in Mitchell

MITCHELL, S.D.- An application for the ride-sharing company Lyft is driving debate in Mitchell. The service just started up in town, and a man convicted of attempted murder and helping with a kidnapping in 1992 wants to be among the first lyft drivers. He says he did his time in jail and 26 years later …
February 21, 2018

MITCHELL, S.D.- An application for the ride-sharing company Lyft is driving debate in Mitchell.

The service just started up in town, and a man convicted of attempted murder and helping with a kidnapping in 1992 wants to be among the first lyft drivers.

He says he did his time in jail and 26 years later wants to get on with his life.

“I drove taxi 7 years ago in sioux falls, never had a problem, no one said a word and now all of the sudden it’s a big deal,” said Joseph Novak.

However some are concerned and not sure how he got approved, so we looked into what steps a person must take to be accepted as a driver.

There are certain guidelines a person must follow depending on their city. In Mitchell a potential driver has to be approved by city council for a taxi cab general licence. Mitchell City Attorney Justin Johnson said legally Novak passed.

“Our city ordinance for vehicle for hire, which is your taxis, limos that kind of stuff is more focused on vehicle safety and insurance requirements that kind of thing we don’t focus on the individual drivers.”

They must also follow South Dakota’s laws.

“When Uber and Lyft, those types of companies were looking to come into South Dakota the state passed a few laws to help facilitate that process.”

The law states you can’t be convicted of a felony in the past seven years. Novak was convicted back in 1992.

Then they go through a background check with Lyft, which Novak tells KDLT he passed.

On lyfts website they include a list of what would disqualify someone including felony, violent crime, drug related offenses and sexual offenses. He says he was told by Lyft that the South Dakota law applies.

Novak says he’s done everything required to become a driver and wants people to know him for the man he is now not the mistake he made years ago.

“Get to know me before you judge me,” said Novak.

Novak says he understand if people don’t feel comfortable riding with him and that’s their choice. He just wants a way to make some extra money.

Novak said as of Wednesday night, that Lyft put his account on hold.

KDLT has reached out to Lyft for a comment, but have not heard back.

Uber/Lyft surcharges at the airport

While Uber and Lyft both charge a base rate similar to taxis, they’ve recently started surcharging due to “higher demand” a lot more often. I flew in tonight and Uber was $47, Lyft $63 and a taxi $36. And the airport wasn’t…

While Uber and Lyft both charge a base rate similar to taxis, they’ve recently started surcharging due to “higher demand” a lot more often. I flew in tonight and Uber was $47, Lyft $63 and a taxi $36. And the airport wasn’t terribly busy…it’s a Wednesday night, for goodness sake. Pay attention to your options and don’t always assume Uber/Lyft are cheaper.

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California Federal Court Certifies Class of Over 9000 Uber Drivers

Lev Craig. On February 15, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted class certification in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies, Inc., a suit filed in February 2017 alleging that Uber’s pricing and payment model deprives drivers of fair pay for their work.

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On February 15, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted class certification in Dulberg v. Uber Technologies, Inc., a suit filed in February 2017 alleging that Uber’s pricing and payment model deprives drivers of fair pay for their work. This decision will allow as many as 9,197 Uber drivers from across the United States to pursue their claims as a class.

Uber is among the most successful of a number of rapidly growing companies that are part of the so-called “gig economy.” The U.S. Department of Labor defines a “gig” as a “single project or task for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand.” Gig economy and freelance workers, such as Uber drivers, are becoming an increasingly visible and important component of the U.S. workforce; an estimated nearly four million freelancers work in the New York City area alone. Yet while gig economy workers may enjoy certain benefits—such as scheduling flexibility—they are also often at a disadvantage in comparison to traditional employees. Gig economy workers are almost invariably classified as independent contractors and are thereby cut off from most of the legal protections afforded to employees, including minimum wage and overtime laws, as well as employment benefits like health insurance—and many freelancers report difficulty getting paid for their work on time or at all.

Uber’s treatment of its gig economy workers has gained particular attention over the past several years, as drivers have brought a number of lawsuits against the company and have protested many of Uber’s internal policies, such as its recently revoked harsh termination policy, under which any driver with three complaints would be automatically terminated without investigation. Recently, a U.K. court issued a landmark decision, finding that Uber’s London drivers were employees, not independent contractors, and we have previously reported on several lawsuits brought by Uber drivers concerning whether drivers’ on-call time is compensable, drivers’ arbitration agreements with Uber, and class actions challenging Uber’s classification of drivers as independent contractors.

In Dulberg, Uber driver Martin Dulberg alleges that Uber’s payment and pricing model systematically underpays drivers for their work. Uber charges riders a flat fee for their trip, determined based on an exaggerated estimate of the trip’s distance and duration. According to Dulberg’s complaint, Uber tells its drivers that they will receive a certain percentage of a rider’s flat fee payment as compensation for their work, but actually pays drivers based only on a trip’s actual distance and duration—both of which are typically less than the pre-ride estimate. As a result, Dulberg alleges, Uber regularly pays its drivers less than the amount to which they are entitled under their agreement with the company.

Dulberg brought suit on behalf of all Uber drivers who had been subjected to this payment model, a group which includes thousands of workers located across the country. Uber argued against class certification on the grounds that the company could present individual defenses to drivers’ claims and that the policies in question hadn’t resulted in less pay for all affected drivers. The court was unpersuaded, however, calling the case a “classic case of a class action,” and allowed the class claims to move forward. While Dulberg doesn’t address the question of whether Uber’s drivers are properly classified as independent contractors or employees, the court’s decision last week does recognize that many of Uber’s drivers are subjected to the same payment policies and practices and represents an important step towards ensuring that drivers receive fair payment for their work.

If you believe that your employer has violated wage-and-hour laws, contact The Harman Firm, LLP.

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Free Android Apps You Must Have

This disruptive social transportation app is the brainchild of Travis Kalanick. With Uber Technologies, you get to request a ride 24/7, wait for a driver, and enjoy a safe ride to wherever it is that you need to go. The app and the services provided by the Uber app are available in over 630 cities worldwide.

The Google Play Store is a hive of activity for innovative technology and terrific Android apps. Consider that there are well over 1 million Android apps on the market, and there are billions upon billions of downloads to date. Most high-quality Android apps come at a premium. However, upon closer inspection you will find an incredible variety of amazing Android apps that you simply have to have. There are many apps to download for a myriad of purposes, including weather apps, apps that lock your other apps up, communication apps, credit-score apps, game apps, opinion-style apps, and many others. We will be exploring 5 of the finest free Android apps you can get.

1. Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Free

Messenger is one of the most widely used apps at the Google Play Store, and it’s available for free. Provided by the world’s #1 social media platform – Facebook – Messenger allows you to send messages to anyone on a personal basis, or via a group chat function. You can add visual effects and all sorts of artwork to videos and photographs, and you can also make video calls from anywhere. Messenger has been rated 4.0/5 by 50,505,943 people. It is a great way to connect with businesses, individuals, friends, and family. Plus, Messenger allows users to check orders, make online reservations, compare sports stats, play games and more.

2. Snapchat

Snapchat, developed by Snap Inc. has a rating of 4.1/5 from 14,410,110 people. The app has been installed between 500 million and 1 billion times. Snapchat is a social media platform that allows people to live in the moment with animated entertainment, stickers, Bitmojis and the like. It also includes all manner of communication options, real-time updates from news, media and entertainment sources and the like. Snapchat’s biggest plus is its anonymity. Indeed, the logo of Snapchat is a cloaked ghost – so you simply live in the moment without worrying about anything. While Snapchat deletes content, users who receive messages can easily capture screenshots of content and post them on other social media platforms.

3. Toy Crush

Puzzle-style games are a dime a dozen. But the good ones are hard to find. One of the best puzzle-style games currently on the market is a Cube Game created by Ilyon. This brain game is free to download and install, and fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets across the board. Players get to enjoy puzzle-solving sessions, cube-blasting madness, and incredible boosts throughout the game. It’s a smorgasbord of fun for everyone, and the app has been rated 4.5/5 from 1,739 reviewers. Players also get to enjoy added tools and resources such as Rockets, Bombs, Colour Wheels. To get started with this puzzle-style game, simply download the app to your device and train your brain in the most entertaining way possible.

4. Coinbase – Buy Bitcoin & More. Secure Wallet

If you’re new on the trading scene, you may have heard about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and others. All this talk of digital currencies, blockchain, buying and selling intangible assets is a little confusing. However, if you download the Coinbase app – for free – you can instantly connect your credit card or bank account and start trading like a pro. Real-time market updates on Bitcoin prices, Ethereum prices and Litecoin prices are available to you. Simply connect your bank account or credit card, securely store your digital assets, and you’re golden. This app is trusted by millions of users and has garnered a 4.3/5 rating by 118,595 reviewers. With 1 million – 5 million installations to date, it is the #1 best way to buy and sell digital currency. This app is available to Android users for free.

5. Uber

The world’s #1 ridesharing app – Uber is making more of an impact on the travel industry than anything else. This disruptive social transportation app is the brainchild of Travis Kalanick. With Uber Technologies, you get to request a ride 24/7, wait for a driver, and enjoy a safe ride to wherever it is that you need to go. The app and the services provided by the Uber app are available in over 630 cities worldwide. The app has a rating of 4.2/5 from over 4,050,000 users, and you also get to enjoy a personal promotion for signing up with the service through a friend. Uber now offers Uber Eats for local food produce as well. This technology is disrupting traditional taxi organizations and enterprises around the world.

2018-02-21
Kanji Prearms
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    Kanji has been holding a controller since he could walk, and loves nothing more than talking about his latest conquest with friends.

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