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New York City Council Passes Sweeping Food Delivery Protections

  • Legislation includes setting a minimum per-trip payment
  • Couriers and customers will be granted more tip transparency
Demonstrators ride down 7th Avenue during a march for food delivery workers rights in New York, on April 21.
Demonstrators ride down 7th Avenue during a march for food delivery workers rights in New York, on April 21.Photographer: Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg
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New York City lawmakers passed a set of bills aimed at improving working conditions and pay for app-based workers, becoming one of the first cities in the U.S. to significantly regulate the food delivery industry dominated by DoorDash Inc., Grubhub and Uber Technologies Inc.

The sweeping measures would require restaurants to grant couriers access to bathrooms, set a minimum per-trip payment and a guarantee that couriers receive full tips, and allow the workers to set limits on their routes. The apps will also be required to pay couriers at least once a week, offer payment options that don’t require a bank account and will be prohibited from charging fees to workers to receive earnings.