Uber adds payment caps and drivers with pre-existing conditions to sick leave policy

After coming under fire for its strict and confusing limitations on paid sick leave, Uber announced that it is expanding eligibility for contractors affected by COVID-19—with the catch that the financial aid package each driver receives is likely to shrink moving forward. Uber will extend financial aid to eligible drivers under quarantine orders because of a pre-existing health condition that puts them at greater risk for serious illness due to the virus. Previously, only Uber drivers with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or those who had been determined at-risk for spreading the virus and quarantined by a public health authority qualified for two weeks of paid leave.

Stanley A., Gizmodo (2020), ‘Uber adds payment caps and drivers with pre-existing conditions to sick leave policy’, 11 Apr.

Metadata

  • Article
  • Yes
  • transport
  • On-location platform-determined routine work
  • Uber
  • COVID-19, employment status, health and safety, social protection
  • English
  • Gizmodo
  • 2020
  • Open access
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