In Major Win for Gig Workers, Uber Agrees to Pay New Jersey $100 Million for Mischaracterizing Drivers as Contractors

Uber may have built its hailing empire, in part, by notoriously skirting past local laws and regulations, but at least one state’s finally forcing the company to pay up. On Tuesday, Uber agreed to pay New Jersey $100 million in back taxes over claims the company misclassified thousands of drivers as independent contractors between 2014-2018. That mischaracterization, according …

‘Don’t worry about status. Status doesn’t pay the bills’: DoorDash driver says he doesn’t accept orders under $10

‘It’s crazy that they know how expensive gas is and still send us $3 orders.’ A DoorDash driver has gone viral after revealing that he does not accept orders that pay under $10. In a TikTok video with over 511,000 views, user @gigdoctor shows viewers his typical method of accepting orders. This involves waiting for …

A Neighborhood of Good in Every Order: Our Latest Brand Platform and National Campaign 

Today, we announced the launch of a multi-platform marketing campaign in the U.S. titled “A Neighborhood of Good in Every Order.” This campaign brings to life DoorDash’s mission to grow and empower local economies, and showcases that, while an order may seem like a small thing, when consumers get their goods, local businesses get business, …

Gopuff Jumps on Instant Driver Payments

Gopuff has begun instantaneous payments for its U.S. delivery drivers as part of a significant update to the convenience delivery platform. Similar to Grubhub’s recent announcement that it had expanded instant cash out options for its delivery drivers, Gopuff has partnered with Stripe to give its U.S. delivery partners a similar option. To be eligible for instant …

Chicago’s DoorDash and Grubhub Drivers Take a Step Toward Unionizing

Food delivery drivers who work for companies including DoorDash and Grubhub gathered with Uber and Lyft workers over the weekend to announce plans to join a nationwide group calling for improved working conditions, better pay, and the option to unionize. The news comes amid a sustained push for labor rights in the hospitality industry, most …

Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Complaints Are a Startup Opportunity

(Bloomberg) — A number of upstart ride-hailing apps are taking on Uber and Lyft with the promise of treating drivers better. Among them are Dallas-based Alto, which hires drivers as employees and gives annual compensation. Empower, based in McLean, Virginia, and Wridz in Austin, Texas give 100% of cab fares to the driver. The Drivers …

Walmart to buy its gig-labor management partner

Dive Brief: Walmart is buying Delivery Drivers Inc. (DDI), the gig-labor management company that is the partner for the retailer’s Spark Driver platform, a Walmart spokesperson said in an email. The acquisition is for an undisclosed amount, according to Insider, which first reported the news. The acquisition of DDI aims to streamline the driver experience with …

DoorDash sees record orders in Q2 as it combines with Wolt

DoorDash on Thursday said it received a record number of customer orders in the second quarter, boosted by resilient demand and its acquisition of Finnish delivery service Wolt Enterprises. DoorDash said orders grew 23% to 426 million in the April-June period, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet forecast total orders of 419 million. …

Can the gig economy survive high gas prices?

While Uber’s behavior under former CEO Travis Kalanick and the company’s close links to politicians have captivated the media, rideshare drivers have more pressing concerns. Inflation has squeezed their margins and prompted some customers to reconsider their spending habits. “Most drivers are not even aware of Uber’s day-to-day news, they just grind and try to put food on their …

Some DoorDash drivers are rejecting 9 out of 10 orders after fuel surcharge is scrapped

Delivery drivers are not accepting orders that cost them more to deliver than they are paid. The food delivery company scrapped its fuel surcharge in May despite soaring costs. One driver told Insider that he rejects nine out of ten orders. Some DoorDash drivers are rejecting most orders after the food delivery company ended its …