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Lyft Drivers Struggle to get Sick Pay During COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Apr 14, 2020 at 7:47 am in News.

Lyft drivers and other gig workers across the country are hitting roadblocks when trying to access the sick leave promised by companies during the coronavirus pandemic. According to CNET, assistance is difficult to come by—even with an official COVID-19 diagnosis.

Initially, Lyft said on its website it would pay COVID-19-positive drivers sick leave based on “rides they provided on the Lyft platform over the last four weeks.” Now, however, that language has disappeared and the process of getting sick pay has become confusing and frustrating for many drivers.

Rideshare Drivers Win Major Court Ruling Against Uber and Lyft

Published on Apr 8, 2020 at 8:06 am in News.

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In Boston, Uber and Lyft drivers renewed their fight for employee classification from Uber and Lyft. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, benefits like paid sick leave are even more important to rideshare drivers now.

In mid-March, drivers won the ability to pursue wage claims against rideshare companies. On April 6, drivers in Boston demanded the state recognize them as employees of Uber and Lyft—requiring the companies to provide them with paid sick leave per Massachusetts law.

New Study Links Ridesharing to More Accident Injuries

Published on Apr 7, 2020 at 7:50 am in Rideshare Accidents.

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According to a new study from researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, ride-hailing trips increase the number of crashes for pedestrians and motorists at pick-up and drop-off locations.

This study is the first to use data from individual Uber and Lyft trips, as opposed to comparing cities where ridesharing is available to those where it’s not. The study is published in the Injury Prevention journal.

E-Scooters and E-Bikes Legalized in New York

Published on Apr 6, 2020 at 7:16 am in Electric Scooters.

Lawmakers in New York have legalized e-bikes and e-scooters as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. The new legislation includes safety measures and requirements to ensure riders are as safe as possible while operating the micro-mobility vehicles.

The measure is focused on making it easier for frontline workers and delivery drivers to get around using e-scooters. They will no longer have to worry about fines and penalties. Because of the lack of legislation, workers using e-bikes and electric scooters have been fined more than one million dollars and have had their vehicles confiscated in recent years.