New York City regulates same-day delivery businesses

New York City has become the first city in the US to heavily regulate the hot food and grocery delivery industry. New legislation has been passed that will improve working conditions and set minimum pay for food delivery workers at companies such as Uber Eats and Grubhub.

Amongst other elements of the regulations set by the city:

– Drivers will be able to set a maximum distance per trip they wish to travel

– Companies cannot charge their riders for payment of their wages

– The delivery company cannot charge its riders for insulated bags to deliver the food

– They must inform the rider of how much compensation they are due every day, and must pay all tips to the riders

– As part of the contract to work with a restaurant, the restaurant must provide toilet facilities for the firm’s riders

In addition there is to be formal research to assess how much as a minimum, riders must be paid per trip.

“We recognise the unique challenges facing delivery workers in New York City and share the goal of identifying policies that will help Dashers and workers like them,” a DoorDash spokesperson said. “We will continue to work with all stakeholders, including the City Council, to identify ways to support all delivery workers in New York City without unintended consequences.”

At the same time, Grubhu’s spokesperson Grant Klinzman said, “These bills are common-sense steps to support the delivery workers who work hard every day for New York’s restaurants and residents. Ensuring they receive a living wage and have access to restrooms isn’t just a good idea – it’s the right thing to do.”

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