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Uber launches an app that connects workers with businesses

The diversification of Uber's core business comes at a time when Uber’s main ride hailing operations face competition in Asia and regulatory scrutiny in the US

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  • The app is only available in Chicago for now;
  • It will show workers the available shifts in a certain area and help businesses that struggle to staff up during peak demand, and with missed shifts and high turnover.

According to Reuters, the ride-hailing firm Uber announced the launch of an app called Uber Works to connect temporary workers looking to work shifts with businesses trying to plug gaps in their rosters. 

The app is only available in Chicago for now. It will show workers the available shifts in a certain area and help businesses that struggle to staff up during peak demand, and with missed shifts and high turnover, Uber said in its blog.

“Uber Works has a business dashboard and we connect directly with businesses, including restaurants and others, to assist them with filling empty shifts,” a company spokesman told Reuters

According to the news agency, the move to diversify its core business comes at a time when Uber’s main ride hailing operations face competition in Asia, while the U.S. company is also facing regulatory scrutiny for classifying its drivers as independent contractors.

In September, a driver sued Uber after California legislators voted to help thousands of those workers become employees and enjoy associated benefits. A new California law that will limit the use of “gig” workers goes into effect at the beginning of 2020.