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Finding Job Security In The Midst Of Evolving RideShare Regulations

Uber and Lyft suspend Austin service – what does this mean for their workforce? The city of Austin is making national headlines with its latest decision on Proposition 1, the ballot proposal regarding ride-hailing regulations. If passed, the proposal would have rolled back rideshare regulations imposed by City Council in December 2015, requiring drivers to […]

Uber and Lyft suspend Austin service – what does this mean for their workforce?

The city of Austin is making national headlines with its latest decision on Proposition 1, the ballot proposal regarding ride-hailing regulations. If passed, the proposal would have rolled back rideshare regulations imposed by City Council in December 2015, requiring drivers to start undergoing fingerprint-based background checks by February 1st, 2017.

The Austin American Statesman, a premier news and media company in Central Texas, reports the vote was 56 percent against and 44 percent in favor of the measure. Unfortunately, after spending over $8.6 million on the campaign to support Prop 1, Uber and Lyft have officially ceased their rideshare operations – for now.

Why does this matter?

While Austin is certainly not the first city to go head-to-head with rideshare companies, it won’t be the last. Other Texas cities like Houston have taken extreme steps to enforce similar safety regulations for its community. Details on this can be found here.

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    • Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice PAC group also stated in a recent press release “The fundamental issue is this: Who will run Austin, local citizens or corporate special interests?”

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    • Huey Rey Fischer, recent Democratic candidate for House District 49, feels “It’s a debate on whether we’re going to have regulations that truly protect consumers and drivers, or we’re going to have regulations that are being pushed by taxicab companies who are desperately trying to hang on to the vestiges of whatever business they still have.”

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What does this mean for you?

Job Seekers

With a reported 10,000 ride-hailing drivers for both Uber and Lyft now looking for work , it’s time to beef up your resumes and social profiles. The sudden windfall of the gig economy in Austin will leave previous employees scrambling for something more secure.

Displaced Uber and Lyft workers will bring their background in hospitality and communications to whatever positions are available. This is a better time than ever to do a sweep of your online profiles so you are staying competitive in the workplace – and out.

Employers

We’re calling on the hospitality industry – especially restaurants. Have you had open positions that haven’t been filled in months? This is your chance to shake things up with new team members hungry for a change.

Restaurants that want to compete for the gig workforce need to beat Uber, Lyft and Favor at their own game. There’s a reason the gig workforce has such a large pool of talent to choose from. The popular companies are known for their mobile-focused operations as well as the opportunities given to individuals new to the workforce. It’s time to follow suit. President Obama’s Summer Opportunity Project calls on businesses and organizations to give young Americans with limited or no work experience opportunities for their first summer jobs. How companies respond to this campaign as well as the newfound wealth of talent in the Austin area will prove interesting for the remainder of 2016. Some creative employers in Austin are getting ahead of the game and attracting this new pool of job seekers.

Austin-based restaurant, Chi’Lantro recently tweeted:

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