Shipt workers strike, drivers get grants, and safety features in question. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
Riders in Boston faced huge wait times while hailing an Uber. Boston Globe Reported:
But for a recent trip to catch a flight at Logan International Airport, Allen waited 45 minutes for the driver, he said. “I was sweating it.”
Uber says it has seen a big uptick in Boston wait times due to a shortage of drivers. But it cited a cause that may not garner much sympathy from riders: It’s not allowed to raise prices during the pandemic
Shipt workers went on strike after the company announced less than transparent changes in their pay structure. The Hill reported:
Shipt shoppers are raising alarm over the change, which they say would likely reduce shopper pay by at least 30 percent based on a similar pay shift that occurred at the end of 2019.
Drivers and gig workers looking for extra resources during the pandemic may be in luck. USA Today via Motley Fool explains how:
To qualify, you need to have been in business since at least Jan. 31, 2020. If that’s you, you are eligible for a $1,000 grant you fit into one of these four categories:
You are the sole proprietor of a business, with or without additional employees
You are an independent contractor
You are a freelancer
You are a gig worker
The $1,000 grant is tucked into an offer for a $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, so when you fill out the application for the grant money, you are also applying for the $10,000 emergency loan (which, unlike the grant, must be repaid). The good news is, you don’t have to accept the loan when it is offered.
How safe are vehicle safety features? Forbes wanted to find out and turned to Attorney Bryant Greening for some insights:
“Advanced Driver Assistance Systems have been shown to reduce damages to property and persons, which keeps drivers on the road and able to earn,” he says. “Spending a little more upfront on safety enhancements is like buying an insurance policy for when the inevitable happens. Minimizing your potential liability and damages is the name of the game.”
We end the week with a message from Lyft: “Drivers are getting a partition!” Well some of you. CNN explains:
Lyft said it will provide the partitions to select drivers in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Phoenix, Dallas and New York City.
“In the next month, we will have made tens of thousands of partitions available to U.S. drivers for free, with the goal of providing 50% ride coverage in these markets,” the company said in the blog post, adding that it aims to give out partitions to 60,000 of its drivers across 30 regions.
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