N.Y. ride-hailing drivers file suit against Uber, allege they are owed millions in undercut wages

Ride-hailing drivers in New York City have filed a lawsuit against Uber that claims the company wrongfully deducted taxes from their paychecks and did not pay them the full income they earned from rides. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an organization with about 22,000 […]

As state weighs regulation, CEO says Grubhub faces ‘false narrative’

As a state agency weighs a measure that could limit fees for food-delivery, Grubhub CEO and Founder Matt Maloney says his company has fallen victim to a false narrative.  Maloney said in a phone interview Friday that there are misunderstandings about the company’s fee structure and how it works with restaurants, which is coupled with frustrations […]

The gig economy’s deepest problem isn’t about tech at all

The giants of the gig economy, from Lyft and Uber to Grubhub and Instacart, like to claim that they’re technology companies—and they’re certainly valued like tech unicorns. But according to Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents 21,000 professional drivers who drive everything from yellow cabs to town cars […]

Tech industry weighs in on eatery delivery fee cap

Tech companies are reaching out to the state Liquor Authority in advance of a hearing on a proposal that would prohibit food-delivery companies like Grubhub from charging restaurants a fee of more than 10 percent of each order total. The regulatory change would be a sharp drop from the 25 percent to more than 30 […]

Amazon-backed Deliveroo grew its sales by 72% last year — but it’s still smaller than rivals Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Just Eat

Amazon-backed Deliveroo posted sales of £476 million ($584 million) in 2018 — equal to about 60% of Grubhub’s and Just Eat’s sales last year, and 40% of Uber Eats’ sales. The meal-delivery startup’s pre-tax loss rose 16% to £232 million ($285 million), a far cry from Just Eat’s £102 million ($125 million) and Grubhub’s $81.4 […]

Grubhub is a ‘trojan horse’ for small businesses: New York City councilman

Food delivery app giant Grubhub (GRUB) is taking a major bite out of restaurants’ profits, according to one New York City councilman. And now he’s says the Big Apple’s government needs to step in to re-balance the equation. “Our small businesses, in particular the restaurant owners, are in trouble,” New York City Councilman Mark Gjonaj […]

Uber Is Suing The City Of New York

On Friday, Uber sued the city of New York over pieces of legislation that limit the amount of time that drivers can spend cruising the streets waiting for passengers and the amount of for-hire vehicles in the city. The first rule would eventually restrict drivers to cruising 31 percent of the time, meaning that they […]

RESTAURANT WORKERS BITE BACK AGAINST FOOD DELIVERY APPS

When DoorDash announced in mid-February that it had raised $400 million at a $7.1 billion valuation, it seemed to be the latest chapter in the rapid growth of America’s largest food delivery app. But a crisis was slowly simmering. Earlier that month, two DoorDash employees joined other food delivery workers in filing a class action suit, […]

Will food delivery companies follow California’s new law to regulate the gig economy?

…But the independent contractor setup is baked into the business model of many of the tech companies affected by AB5. After all, having real employees can get expensive. You’re on the hook for a share of Social Security and Medicare. If you have more than 50 employees, you’re required to offer health insurance and pay […]

If Uber Drivers Become Employees, Can Uber Escape That? Plus How Employees Compete With Robocars

A law making its way through the California legislature would require certain “gig work” companies to treat their gig workers as employees rather than independent contractors. Most people think the law is aimed squarely at Uber, Lyft and the like, but Uber claims it won’t apply to them, and there is skepticism of that. If […]