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 …

How policies ‘protecting’ small restaurants from delivery apps are backfiring

Whether you’re a policy professional, restaurant owner, delivery driver or just someone who loves takeout, you may want to turn your attention to a few legal battles across the country. During the pandemic, at least 78 cities, counties and states in the U.S. have introduced temporary price controls restricting delivery companies from charging high commission fees to …

Iowa law sets new rules for food delivery apps

A new state law is establishing new restrictions on food delivery apps like Uber Eats, Grubhub and DoorDash. The companies must have an agreement with a restaurant, bar or diner before their drivers can deliver food and beverages from that business. Jessica Dunker, president and C-E-O of the Iowa Restaurant Association, says that will hopefully …

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 …

The good news about food delivery

I’ve written about the downsides of companies that bring groceries or prepared food to our doors, like Instacart and Uber Eats. App-based fresh food deliveries take a toll on our neighborhoods and impose punishing demands on workers. But today I want to focus on a positive aspect of delivery apps. Newly published research from the Brookings Institution …

Sky-high delivery app fees are killing my restaurant, owner says months after pandemic cap lifted

When Robert Magiet opened TaKorea Cocina in Ukrainian Village in 2019, he couldn’t foresee the upcoming global pandemic that threatened the very existence of his restaurant, although he was able to get through it. Now, a service that became widely popular during the pandemic continues to threaten TaKorea Cocina’s existence: third-party apps used to take …

Alabama, Georgia lawmakers make Uber, Grubhub drivers impartial contractors

Alabama and Georgia are poised to join those states’ ranks in clarifying that drivers for Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, and other delivery and ridesharing apps should be considered independent contractors, not employees with workers’ compensation and other benefits. The Georgia Senate on Monday unanimously approved House Bill 389 and sent it to the governor. The bill …

Uber bought Drizly for $1 billion, but who will deliver the alcohol?

When Uber completed its billion-dollaracquisition of Boston-based Drizly nearly six months ago, it played up the notion that the companies go together like pizza and beer. In fact, ask anyone why they think Uber bought Drizly, and you’ll likely get the same answer: Uber can use its fleet of drivers to deliver White Claws and …

Legislation aims to regulate third-party delivery drivers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – People who order food on third-party delivery apps might soon see some changes in the people delivering their food. A bill in the House and one in the Senate add regulations to drivers. It was a change Kurt Bean, owner of Bops Pizza on Blairs Ferry Rd, said needed to …

Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash form coalition in Washington state to ‘protect driver independence’

Five evenings a week, sometimes more, Carmen Figueroa gets into her car, signs into her GrubHub account and sets out for a night of deliveries. She averages three-to-four deliveries an hour and five or six hours of work each night. She made about $570 a week in January, which was a jump from the $530-a-week …