Seattle City Council extends paid sick & safe time benefits for app-based workers

Mar 30, 2023
Written by WR Communications

On Tuesday, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved making permanent a Covid emergency ordinance that provided Paid Sick & Safe Time benefits to food delivery drivers for app-based companies. The ordinance expires on April 30, will be replaced by a permanent one on May 1.

Additionally, the new ordinance creates new coverage for “on-demand” gig workers who do not deliver food but are covered by the minimum compensation ordinance—known as PayUp—passed by the Council last year. Those workers receive coverage starting on January 13, 2024.

The Council is expected to consider additional PayUp ordinances soon, including protections for workers who are “deactivated” or removed from the app by the company.


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