‘We can’t pay rent’: Seattle app-based workers demand repeal of gig laws

(The Center Square) – Recently enacted legislation intended to help app-based delivery drivers receive fair wages is instead hurting delivery drivers, business owners and customers.

Seattle’s App-Based Worker Minimum Payment Ordinance and the App-Based Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance went into effect on Jan. 13.

The App-Based Worker Minimum Payment Ordinance requires network companies to pay the greater of a minimum per-minute amount of 44 cents and a minimum per-mile amount of 74 cents or a minimum per-offer amount of $5.

The App-Based Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance allows app-based workers to accrue one day of paid sick and safe time for every 30 days with at least one work-related stop in Seattle. This can include shopping at a store or making a delivery within city limits.

However, the new laws are not helping the city’s local gig economy.

Heather Nielson, an app-based delivery driver based in Seattle,
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