TL;DR - There’s a bill on the cards in California that these companies are challenging, which would mean they need to class their drivers as employees, and not contractors. This has various ramifications to do with wage, overtime, sick pay, etc.
Uber and Lyft’s position is that this structure is what allows for the flexibility that the drivers value. But this may not be true - it certainly could be possible that flexibility over working hours could be maintained whilst still classing their workers as employees and providing the legally mandated protections that employees (but crucially, not contractors) have.
Uber and Lyft feel this is an existential threat.
What do you think about it? Is the general understanding of the gig economy misleading and do you think similar changes could happen here in the UK?