Postmates couriers are employees, New York appeals court finds

An appeals court in New York has concluded that Postmates couriers are employees entitled to unemployment insurance (In re Vega, No. 13 (State of New York Court of Appeals, March 20, 2020)).  Postmates, according the court, is a delivery business that uses a website and smartphone application to dispatch couriers to pick up goods from local restaurants and stores […]

New York Court Rules That Postmates Couriers Are Employees — and Eligible for Unemployment

The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that Postmates couriers are employees and therefore eligible for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The ruling is actually a reinstatement of a 2015 decision, which found that former Postmates courier Luis A. Vega was eligible for unemployment benefits after he was terminated from the service. Postmates had appealed the […]

California might crack down on delivery app shenanigans

Have you ever ordered dinner through an app, only to watch your driver circle around and cancel on you? You might be ordering from a restaurant that’s not even open, or doesn’t know it’s listed on that app. In January, we wrote about restaurants that were added to GrubHub without their knowledge or consent, spotlighting a Twitter […]

Grubhub and other delivery programs collide because of unauthorized restaurant listings

A random Google search last week led Andrew Moyes to a Grubhub site offering shipping Moo’s Craft Barbecue, smoked popcorn specializing in beef brisket and jalapeño cheddar sausages. But there was one problem. Mujozi is the cook and owner of Mui. As far as he knew, Moe had never executed a delivery order during the three […]

The future of gig work could involve unions and co-ops

The classification of gig workers for companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates has long been a topic of debate. Since California worker-protection bill AB 5 became law, some companies have gone to great lengths to continue classifying workers as independent contractors. Uber and Postmates, for example, unsuccessfully sued to try to prevent the […]

DoorDash Faces Its Latest Challenge: Wooing Wall Street

The food delivery app is losing money, battling rivals, facing lawsuits — and trying to go public. What could go wrong? SAN FRANCISCO — DoorDash, the leading food delivery app in the United States, has its fans. Hungry people. Busy people. Lazy people. It also has its share of enemies: Regulators who have poked holes […]

What to Know About NYC’s Plan to Crack Down on Food Delivery Apps

Food delivery apps like Grubhub, Doordash, and UberEats have seen explosive growth over the past decade, with experts saying the industry is now valued at more than $10 billion. While restaurants are largely in favor of third party delivery services, business owners have now begun voicing their concerns about an industry that is largely unregulated, often charges restaurants […]

NYC first to crack down on Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and others

Those convenient food delivery apps are not so convenient for restaurants. New York’s City Council is poised to introduce a legislative package that aims to regulate their ballooning fees and commissions, making it one of the first cities in the country to push back on these middlemen apps. The New York Times reports that, should the legislation […]

San Francisco Mulls Legislation for Ghost Kitchens and Food Delivery Services

A San Francisco supervisor is summoning representatives from delivery service and ghost kitchen companies to City Hall next month, for a hearing to determine the new enterprises’ impact on local restaurants. At a Board of Supervisors meeting in January, District 11 Supe Ahsha Safaí said that he’d decided to convene the hearing to determine the “effects of […]

NYC Council bills aim to slash food delivery fees

Big Apple legislators are about to take a stab at regulating food delivery giants like Grubhub and UberEats. The New York City Council on Thursday will be presented with a package of six bills aimed at reducing the fees food delivery apps can charge city restaurants to 10 percent, down from as much as 30 […]