8,000 Uber, Lyft drivers fail Massachusetts' new background check

according to the Boston Globe. Uber added that the unlimited reach of the government’s background checks is unfair to drivers: “Thousands of people in Massachusetts have lost access to economic opportunities as a result of a screening that includes an unfair and unjust indefinite lookback period.” Per state law, Massachusetts-run background checks are able to search considerably further back in drivers’ histories than Uber and Lyft, which are restricted to seven years’ worth of records. This is the “lookback” period that Uber was referencing. That said, this is not the first legal battle ride-sharing companies have faced with regard to implementing proper background checks – and probably won’t be the last. In a statement, Governor Charlie Baker said “public safety is a top priority” and that his administration looks forward “to future partnerships with Uber, Lyft, and others to grow this innovative industry and support more jobs and economic opportunities for all.”]]>

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