Menulog announces pivot towards ‘employment model’ for all couriers within coming years

Menulog says it is moving away from the controversial independent contractor model favoured by its gig economy rivals and wants to have all its couriers employed by the company within a “few years’ time”. In a move designed to differentiate itself from rivals such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo, Menulog’s managing director, Morten Belling, said on …

Italy Just Forced Uber Eats, Three Other Companies, To Hire 60,000 Workers

Could it be deja vu all over again? The same ride sharing services that are constantly doing battle in the U.S. about whether or not they should be hiring their workers – a move that would cripple their cost structure and any hopes of future profitability for their respective businesses – are now fighting the same …

Drivers’ Destiny Rides Shotgun with New Delivery Platform

There’s another hyper-local delivery platform coming in Nashville. Yes, another one! TripDelivers launched in January as an alternative to the big-name, third-party platforms. In fact, the landing page for the company and app calls out a number of the practices well known in the industry like percentage fees for restaurants, menu markups (which are generally …

Uber Drivers Are Entitled to Worker Benefits, a British Court Rules

Uber suffered a major defeat in one of its most important markets on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court, in a ruling that could threaten the future of the already unprofitable company, said a group of drivers should be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The court’s decision, the latest in …

Uber Eats announces new business model and contracts for riders

It marks a significant shift in the fight over employee vs independent contractor status Uber Eats has overhauled its business model and changed its contracts with delivery drivers amid growing pressure over the status of workers. The change will make it easier for the company to classify riders and drivers as independent contractors, rather than …

Gig Economy Regulation Under Biden

This week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris began their terms as president and vice president. Both Biden and Harris have expressed views on a range of technology policy issues that are bound to be discussed in Congress as well as state legislatures over the next few years. In the coming days, we will analyze Biden’s …

On-Demand Industry Launches Coalition

Companies that provide on-demand services through apps like Uber and DoorDash have formed a coalition ahead of a likely debate in Albany over regulations for the sector.  The coalition, set to be announced on Monday, includes companies Lyft, Uber, Instacart, Postmates and DoorDash as well as advocacy organizations like the NAACP New York Conferene and …

EatStreet Shoots for Midwest Delivery Dominance

As the “big four” delivery brands contract to the “big three,” a vanishingly small number of regional players are thriving below the radar. Started in a dorm room 10 years ago, Madison, Wisconsin-based EatStreet has raked in $50 million in investment funds, which helped the company expand to four states and 25 delivery markets across …

Labor department considers new independent contractor definition, could be used to federally challenge AB 5

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is revising its interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which could open the door for federal challenges to Assembly Bill (AB) 5. “Once finalized, it will make it easier to identify employees covered by the Act, while respecting the decision other workers make …

Why Uber’s business model is doomed

Having threatened to pull out of California completely, Uber and Lyft recently won a temporary reprieve from orders to reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The companies argued they could not come up with a plan for doing so overnight, even though more than two years have passed since California’s supreme court ordered them …