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Uber, Lyft shares tumble on possible change in work practices

US authorities are looking at protecting the rights of Uber and Lyft employees with a view to moving them to a full-time employment status.

While this may work for a proportion of employees, drivers often use Uber and Lyft work as infill employment and any change may impact on their relationships with the companies.

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Uber and Lyft shares tumble

Shares of the ride hail app companies, Uber and Lyft both tumbled in yesterday's session after the US Department of Labor proposed a new rule that would make it more difficult for companies like this to treat workers as independent contractors.

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Let's take a look at where we are in terms of the all-session stock in Uber.

Yesterday, this blue dotted line is the initial public offering (IPO) price at $45. Yesterday we saw the stock move almost 11% down at $24.65 and Lyft was another one on the way down where we saw some hefty losses there.

But more significantly, this blue dotted line up here is the IPO price of $72. It fell to $11.30 below this line of support which takes it to a new all-time record low.

Now if the new proposal would become law workers would be considered employees entitled to more benefits and legal protections that unprotected contractors.

A 45-day public comment period will begin on Thursday and the final ruling is expected next year.


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