A new law in Seattle has taken effect to provide hazard pay to gig workers amid the pandemic. The bill requires workers for food delivery services such as DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub to receive premium pay, or an extra $2.50 per order, in addition to their usual pay. The law was enacted in June and will remain in effect until the end of the pandemic. Penalties for noncompliance can be up to $546.07 per “aggrieved party” for a first offense. The law was opposed by third party food delivery services, but DoorDash and Postmates have now doled out more than $350,000 in restitution funds, according to the Seattle Office of Labor Standards. DoorDash paid $111,435 to 2,998 workers, while Postmates paid the bigger half, $250,515 to 2,975 workers. Get the full story here at Eater.
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