Out-of-work persons who began driving for the ride share giant Uber may receive unemployment benefits, Pennsylvania’s high court has ruled in a decision that some attorneys say could have a ripple effect for the broader gig economy.

On July 24, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Review Board that Uber driver Donald Lowman was not engaging in an independently established business when driving for the ride share company, and so he was therefore eligible to receive unemployment benefits. The decision upheld a ruling by the Commonwealth Court, which had reversed a decision from the Unemployment Compensation Review Board.

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