New York City passes legislation to improve working conditions for food delivery couriers


New York City has passed legislation that will set a minimum pay for food delivery couriers in a landmark law for the on-demand delivery market.

The move is likely to have big implications for the models of delivery apps including Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats to change the way they operate in the City.

Several other US cities have taken steps to improve some of the working conditions of gig-economy workers, however none have gone as far as New York City and passed significant legislation.

The city’s council speaker Corey Johnson said that the legislation is turnkey and will give workers immediate rights they deserve while likely sparking a national movement to improve workers rights in the space which has received widespread criticism for the way it operates.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if some of the large, multibillion-dollar corporations that are making a lot of money in New York City try to stop this,” Johnson said before the vote.

READ MORE: Food delivery app downloads boomed 33% during pandemic

“My hope is that other cities will actually take action and other cities will join New York City in providing protections for delivery workers.”

The new laws will also prevent food delivery platforms from charging their workers a fee for receiving their pay and force them to disclose their gratuity policies that prohibit them from charging workers for insulated bags which can  cost up to $50, according to the New York Times.

It also requires restaurant businesses to give delivery riders access to bathroom facilities which some have been denied to.

The industry has been threatened with legislation for months after the boom of the pandemic led to a microscope being cast over industry practises.

The news could also prompt change in UK cities where food delivery has seen a similar rise during the last 18 months.

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