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 …

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 …

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 …

Branch Helps Restaurants, Delivery Fleets Adopt ‘Streaming’ Pay

If you’ve never been a delivery driver, gig worker or independent contractor, the idea of instant payments might not hit your radar, but waiting for cash has a huge impact on workers where the pay is inherently unpredictable. As the labor crunch persists, restaurants, retailers and some delivery providers are using new services to speed …

WHY GIG WORKERS ARE CHOOSING TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE INSTEAD OF PIZZA

People who drive for a living want flexible schedules and help paying for gas, which is why many are choosing to transport people instead of food.  That’s according to a new study from financial services firm BTIG, which surveyed 300 Uber and Lyft drivers in an effort to understand what might be causing the shortage …

Tip Poorly? 80% Of Delivery Drivers Admit To Stealing Customer’s Food

The smell of mouthwatering food is hard to ignore for a delivery driver. At least that’s the suggestion of a new study that found a shocking amount of drivers are snacking on a customer’s food.  The survey was conducted by Circuit Route Planner, a mobile navigation app for drivers, that gathered information from more than 500 …

Seattle becomes first US city to set minimum wage for app-based delivery drivers

The “Pay Up” bill will set the minimum wage for delivery drivers at $17.27 an hour. Food delivery drivers for the likes of UberEats and Grubhub are paid per ride, plus tips.Delivery drivers face challenging situations, from safety concerns to working long hours. Seattle has become the first US city to set a minimum wage for app-based …