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Uber Says It Will Pay 14 Days Coronavirus Sick Leave To Its Contractors

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Uber says it will offer 14 days paid sick leave to any of its drivers or delivery persons that contracts coronavirus or is placed in quarantine. This is an empathetic change in policy from the ride-hailing service. Normally, Uber regards its riders as independent contractors who are ineligible for employee benefits.


“We are supporting drivers and delivery people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine by a public health authority. Drivers and delivery people in these situations will receive compensation for a period of up to 14 days.


“This has already begun in some markets and we are working to implement mechanisms to do this worldwide. We believe this is the right thing to do,” Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president of Rides and Platform, said in a statement.


Perhaps the move is an incentive from Uber to its contractors who are at risk of contracting the disease. The company’s contractors will be doing much more work as people avoid public transportation and crowds. So the move is probably an extra incentive for them to keep going.

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Uber plans to break protocols for its contractors amidst coronavirus outbreak Photo: Businessday
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Uber and Lyft had previously sent out guidance encouraging the washing of hands and sanitizing vehicles. Both companies say they have devoted teams monitoring the issue.


Lyft had also said in a statement that it is willing to provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19. Also, those put under individual quarantine by a public health agency will receive payments.


Uber has not stated how much the workers will receive as sick leave bonuses. The number of coronavirus cases is exceeding 100,00 worldwide. However, there still no cure for the disease as it keeps spreading rapidly.


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