Seattle proposes minimum wage for DoorDash, Rover, other gig workers

From Crosscut, Josh Cohen reports that Seattle City Councilmembers have introduced bill that would provide a minimum rate for gig workers. Josh writes: 

If passed, the law would apply to delivery drivers on Door Dash, Instacart, UberEats and others, along with workers who provide services through TaskRabbit, Rover and similar apps. The proposed policy would not apply to Uber and Lyft drivers, who are covered by Seattle’s 2020 Fair Share law and a similar state law that passed during the 2022 legislative session.

Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Andrew Lewis introduced the proposed legislation at the April 12 Public Safety and Human Services Committee meeting.

“Nobody should be working for less than minimum wage in Seattle in 2022,” said Working Washington Executive Director Danielle Alvarado at the committee meeting.

The Pay Up policy would accomplish that by requiring app companies to pay a per minute and per mile rate to delivery drivers that begins when they accept a job offer and ends when the job is complete. The base rates are tied to the city’s $17.27 minimum wage and the standard mileage rate set by the Internal Revenue Service.

Those base rates are then multiplied by an “associated cost” factor meant to offset some businesses expenses, such as vehicle wear and tear and the time necessary to log on and accept jobs, take breaks during the day, take care of administrative work and so on.

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