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Court Ruling on Contractors a Red Flag for On-Demand Services

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week called a spade a spade: If you’re driving a FedEx-branded truck, wearing a FedEx uniform, and doing what FedEx tells you to do, then you’re a Fedex employee, not an independent contractor.

The implications of the ruling for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Google, Amazon, Instacart and others could be dramatic.