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New York sets new minimum wage for food-app delivery drivers

Food delivery platforms operating in the city will have to pay their delivery workers at least $17.96 an hour

New York City has passed a minimum wage law for grocery and restaurant delivery workers — the first of its kind in the country — that would require app-based food delivery platforms to pay their delivery workers at least $17.96 an hour, not including tips — more than double the current $7.09 average rate.

The city’s mayor, Eric Adams, announced Sunday that the new minimum wage would affect app-based grocery and restaurant delivery workers that drive or bike-ride over food orders to restaurant customers.

Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, etc., would have flexibility in how they pay delivery workers the new minimum wage – either paying them per trip, per hour, or via their own formula.

The new law, first proposed in 2021, will eventually raise the workers’ minimum wage to at least $19.96 an hour in 2025, or more, based on inflation.

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