Massachusetts court blocks gig-worker ballot measure

-0 cStoSw">Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday blocked a ballot measure that would have asked voters to classify gig workers as independent contractors instead of employees, saying it limits gig companies’ liability in certain situations. This remedy has expired.

The decision is a setback for companies like Uber Technologies And lift dependent on such workers. After a decade of strong growth, ride-share and food-delivery companies have spent recent years brimming with efforts by policymakers and labor advocates to reclassify drivers as employees — those with minimum wage, paid sick Entitled to benefits such as vacation and unemployment assistance.