Minimum pay and benefits for ride-hailing drivers in Washington State

2022-05-22 0 By

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers, making Washington the first U.S. state to set an income standard for ride-hailing drivers, According to Sina Technology.Under Washington state law, ride-hailing drivers must earn a minimum of $1.17 per mile, 34 cents per minute and $3 per ride.Under the law, drivers are also eligible for paid sick leave, family medical leave and long-term care programs, and are eligible for workers’ compensation.Workers’ compensation is a program granted by the U.S. government that provides benefits to workers who are injured or sick on the job.Ride-hailing drivers can appeal if they are removed from the app.However, the law also recognizes that ride-hailing drivers are not employees.Seattle, a major city in Washington state, passed its own pay standards for ride-hailing drivers back in September 2020, and drivers there will still be paid at a minimum of $1.38 per mile, 59 cents per minute and $5.17 per ride.The law was supported by Uber and Lyft because it stripped local regulators of their authority and barred counties and cities in Washington state from imposing additional requirements on ride-hailing companies, the report added.