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Washington drivers gain historic new earnings guarantee and benefits

April 1, 2022 / US

On March 31, 2022, Governor Jay Inslee signed a new law that protects your flexible work and requires rideshare companies to make new benefits, like guaranteed rates, available for all eligible drivers in the state of Washington. The law extends new protections and benefits that drivers have requested for years. 

While parts of the new law will not start to take effect until December 2022, we want to make sure you’re aware of the changes. 

This law protects flexibility and independence. You can continue to drive when you want. It ensures no set schedules, no bosses, no punching time clocks. (Note: different driving-time limits may apply in some cities due to local regulations. For more information about your location, go here.)

Here’s what the law offers:

Minimum earnings standard 

Starting December 31, 2022, you’ll be entitled to a minimum earnings standard that guarantees time rates and distance rates that can never be lowered: 

  • Trips that start and end outside Seattle: $1.17 per mile and $0.34 per minute while on a trip, with a $3 per-trip minimum 
  • Trips that start in Seattle (or Seattle portions of trips that start outside Seattle and end in Seattle): $1.38 per mile and $0.59 per minute, with a $5.17 per-trip minimum

The per-trip, per-mile, and per-minute rates will be adjusted by the WA Department of Labor & Industries over time to account for cost-of-living increases.

Paid sick leave

Starting January 1, 2023, you’ll accrue one hour of paid sick time per 40 hours worked with passengers on a trip. (You’re eligible to start using accrued paid sick time after completing 90 hours of passenger platform time and if you have used the Uber platform as a driver within the 90 calendar days prior to making the request to take sick time.) This means when you’re not feeling well, you can focus on getting better and not worry about lost earnings.

Drivers are paid at the guaranteed earnings rate and accrue time for benefits, like sick leave and workers’ compensation, during passenger platform time.

Driver Resource Center

Next year, drivers will have access to the Driver Resource Center, where they can go if they have issues related to getting deactivated from the platform. This center helps with the investigation process and will guide drivers through the appeals process.

We know these are significant improvements, and we’ll continue to update you as we have more information. Keep an eye out for emails and messages when these changes take effect.

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