- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The ride-hailing company Uber is set to launch its service across Montana next month.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/29onVFv ) that a company representative says the August launch will kick off with a series of events in several Montana cities.

The Public Service Commission had given Uber permission to operate statewide in December. The approval came after the Legislature passed a law that made changes to the state’s motor carrier laws.

The eight-month delay in getting the service up and running in Montana was caused by a state investigation into whether Uber drivers would be classified as employees or independent contractors. The distinction helps determine worker’s rights, including entitlement to unemployment benefits.

The Uber representative says its drivers will operate as independent contractors.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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