A California judge has authorized Uber and Lyft to continue working for the time being without having to pay their drivers as employees.
A new law obliges the two ride suppliers to treat their drivers as employees. That means they have to cough up things like a minimum wage, expense allowance, overtime or health insurance.
Uber and Lyft did not want that and threatened to suspend their services on Thursday.
But at the last minute, the two get a reprieve. A judge in California has granted them an exception allowing them to continue working in a current way for the time being.
In the meantime, it is being investigated whether the legislation in question also applies to them.
Both Uber and Lyft are now also appealing against an earlier court ruling, in which they were obliged to treat drivers as employees.