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Uber, Lyft not immediately forced to treat California drivers as employees-court

Aug 20 (Reuters) - A California appeals court on Thursday halted a court order that would have forced Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc to treat their drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors beginning Friday.

The court’s decision prevents a looming shutdown of Uber’s and Lyft’s ride-hail services in California. The companies had said they would be unable to comply with a new law that would consider their drivers employees entitled to benefits such as minimum wage, overtime and sick pay and unemployment insurance. (Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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