I know for some drivers out there, this is their only source of income. Because of the virus outbreak, many have become sick or are unable to work do to state laws.
I am curious how they are able to be paying all these people as well as extending the sick pay. I read they were sued because of it.
They make a lot more than their drivers so they can handle it. I don't think they will be able to afford it long term but for now, they will be just fine.
However, drivers have to meet strict criteria to be eligible for the “off trip” insurance. Passenger drivers have completed 150 trips in the previous eight weeks before they can claim sickness, maternity, paternity or jury duty pay, while a delivery driver on its food delivery service Uber Eats must have completed at least 30 deliveries in the previous eight weeks to qualify. For sickness or injury leading to more than seven consecutive days of inability to work, Uber’s passenger service drivers would receive £75 per day for up to 15 days. Uber Eats drivers would receive £30 per day.
It seems like they are using emergency funds. I can't remember what it is called, I dropped out of business class in college, just was not for me. Most bigger businesses have money that is for damages, losses, and sick pay for their employees.
During the outbreak of the coronavirus last month, business began to slow. Then, a possible exposure to the virus prompted Mr. Frenette, 29, to quarantine himself. Off the roads and worried about making his rent on time, he turned to Uber for help. He had heard that the ride-hailing app was one of several companies that announced policies to offer paid leave or other compensation to workers infected by the coronavirus or ordered quarantined by the government or health care providers. He got a payment of $1,565 after he had gotten the news media involved.
Uber and Lyft have said they will begin offering their drivers up to 14 days of paid sick leave if they come down with coronavirus, or are quarantined because of the illness. Andrew MacDonald, Uber’s senior vice president of rides and platform, said the ride-hailing leader is working to implement the paid sick leave policy for all of its drivers worldwide. MacDonald said drivers will be eligible for sick leave pay when they provide proper documentation of being diagnosed with coronavirus, placed into quarantine, asked to self isolate, or have been taken off Uber’s drivers’ app for 14 days at the direction of a public health organization.