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Counsel, Core Technologies at Uber in San Francisco, CA

Uber
San Francisco, CA 94102
More than 4w ago
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compensation:

$150K — $200K *

specialty:

Legal & Regulatory

experience:

5 - 7 years

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Valid through: 10/27/2020

About Uber

Uber Technologies, Inc., commonly known as Uber, offers vehicles for hire, food delivery, package delivery, couriers, freight transportation, and, through a partnership with Lime, electric bicycle and motorized scooter rental. The company is based in San Francisco and has operations in over 900 metropolitan areas worldwide. It is one of the largest providers in the gig economy and is also a pioneer in the development of self-driving cars. ,Uber is estimated to have over 110 million monthly active users worldwide. In the United States, Uber has a 67% market share for ride-sharing and a 24% market share for food delivery. Uber has been so prominent in the sharing economy that the changes in industries as a result of it have been referred to as uberisation, and many startups have described their products as "Uber for X". ,Like similar companies, Uber has been criticized for treatment of drivers as independent contractors, disruption of the taxicab business, and an increase of traffic congestion. When it was under the leadership of former CEO Travis Kalanick, the company was criticized for several unethical practices. ,Uber does not provide transportation services, instead, Uber determines the terms on which independent drivers are allocated to customers and the prices that will be charged to them, including the share earned by the driver. To facilitate the scheme, Uber utilizes dynamic pricing model; prices vary according to supply and demand at the time of service. However, customers are quoted the fare or delivery fee in advance. ,Service is generally accessed via mobile app. Users set up a personal profile with a name, phone number, other information, and payment preference, which could be a credit card, e-commerce payment system or, in some cases, cash. After the service is complete, the customer may be given the option to provide a gratuity to the driver, which is also billed to the customer's payment method. ,The status of drivers as independent contractors is an unresolved issue. Drivers provide a vehicle, which could be owned, rented, or leased. Drivers must meet requirements for age, health, car age and type, have a driver's license and a smartphone or tablet, and may be required to pass a background check. In many cities, vehicles must pass annual safety inspections and/or must have an emblem posted in the passenger window. Some cities also require drivers to have a business license. There may be accommodations for hearing-impaired drivers. Drivers may be notified before accepting a trip if it will be longer than 45 minutes. After each transaction, drivers and customers may rate each other and users with low ratings may be deactivated. ,According to Uber, “in the United States, upfront prices are based on the estimated length and duration of the trip. Estimates can vary based on demand patterns and real-world factors like traffic.” Uber holds absolute control over the pricing of all trips, as well as the distribution mechanism of the supply side. ,In January of 2020, Uber has released new test feature in select California service areas to enable drivers at the Santa Barbara, Sacramento and Palm Springs airports to set a fair based on a multiple of Uber’s base, time and distance rates for UberX and UberXL trips. ,As part of the measure to enable drivers set multiples of the Uber’s base rates in select areas in California, Uber states in its directives to drivers that "it is illegal under state and federal law for anyone, including rideshare drivers, to engage in price fixing. This includes agreeing or coordinating with other drivers on pricing and surge pricing. The law requires that drivers must make decisions about pricing and surge pricing on their own." The purpose of price fixing is to coordinate pricing for mutual benefit. Price fixing is an antitrust offense that is considered “per se” unreasonable restraints of trade. The courts have reasoned that price fixing has no legitimate justification and lack any redeeming competitive purpose and should, therefore, be considered unlawful without any further analysis of their reasonableness, economic justification, or other factors. ,In California, Uber is a public utility, and operates under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission. California Public Utilities Commission regulates public utilities within its jurisdiction, including by setting rates for transportation services provided by Uber’s “partner drivers.” Uber is considered a transportation network company under state law. The California Supreme Court has ruled that the state utilities commission has jurisdiction over its rates and has been studying the ride-hailing company’s rate-setting procedures for the past seven years, but has not acted to regulate those rates or announced any intention to do so. ,UberX, the basic level of service, includes a private ride in a standard car with driver for up to four passengers. Depending on the location, Uber offers various other levels of transportation service at different prices including: black luxury vehicles, newer or premium level vehicles, cars with leather seats, sport utility vehicles, minivan, vans, Suzuki Altos, hatchbacks, electric cars, hybrid vehicles, motorcycles, auto rickshaws, actual taxicabs, lower-cost shared transport with other passengers going in the same general direction, child safety seats, pet shipping, guaranteed Spanish language-speaking drivers, additional assistance to senior citizens and passengers with a physical disability, and wheelchair accessible vans. ,Persons with a service animal may use any type of Uber service, as required by law. ,Through a partnership with Lime, users are able to rent Jump electric bicycles and motorized scooters. ,Uber offers health professionals in the United States a HIPAA-compliant method to arrange rides for patients to-and-from their appointments. Patients without smartphones can receive pickup information via Text messaging or via the health prof
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Total Jobs:
36
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Total Experts:
34
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Average Pay:
$117,103
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Total value of jobs:
$21,430,000
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% Masters:
26%

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