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Two NY Uber drivers deemed eligible for unemployment benefits

Recently, the New York Department of Labor ruled that two former Uber drivers, Jakir Hossain and Levon Aleksanian, were employees rather than independent contractors, making them eligible for unemployment benefits. As we wrote about in a previous blog, "on-demand" ride-hailing companies sometimes choose to classify their drivers as contractors rather than as employees. Unlike employees, contractors are afforded fewer protections and rights under state and federal employment laws, making them cheaper to employ. Hiring contractors helps companies within the gig economy industry increase their profits.

How the FMLA Affects Employees and Employers

It's important for both employers and employees to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year while being guaranteed job protection and requiring that their group health benefits be maintained.

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