UberEats and DoorDash drivers must be paid Seattle minimum wage, city council rules

The new legislation establishes a formula based on a per-minute rate, a per-mile rate, and a few other factors to ensure app workers are paid Seattle minimum wage.

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved first-of-its-kind legislation requiring companies like UberEats and DoorDash to pay their employees the city’s minimum wage of $17.27 an hour.

The legislationpresented by Seattle City Council members Lisa Herbold and Andrew Lewis, establishes a formula that takes into account factors such as an amount per minute, an amount per mile, and committed minutes and miles to determine employee compensation. an application worker.

Enforcement workers who begin their trips in Seattle should be compensated according to the formula, regardless of the final destination. Enforcement workers who start their trips elsewhere will need to be compensated based on the portion of the trip they spent in Seattle.

The legislation will also create more transparency about the distribution of payments between workers and app-based businesses.

Herbold and Lewis held public meetings and hearings with enforcement workers and stakeholders for more than a year while drafting the legislation.

“We live in an expensive city; many delivery workers earn less than minimum wage after expenses and tips are taken into account,” Herbold said. “App-based work is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy, with more and more workers turning to this type of work. Passing this legislation will help tens of thousands of couriers to make ends meet while maintaining their flexibility.

Companies like UberEats and DoorDash have spoken out against the legislation, saying the payment requirements could lead to a “significant increase in the cost” of delivery, therefore resulting in less work for drivers.

Several other pieces of legislation related to app worker protections are expected to follow. Upcoming bills will seek to address restroom access, anti-discrimination policies, background checks, protection from disabling, and the creation of a gig worker advisory council for the city of Seattle.

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