Delivery workers in New York City will be paid a minimum wage
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Delivery workers in New York City will be paid a minimum wage

New York City is giving a raise to food delivery workers.

The New York City Council passed a “minimum per trip payment” today (Sept. 23) as part of a series of bills aimed at improving working conditions for app-based delivery workers. The measures also address longstanding problems for the city’s estimated 65,000 food delivery workers have faced, including access to restaurant bathrooms, limiting the distance for deliveries, and disclosing gratuity policies to workers.

This is the latest regulatory blow for delivery companies Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub. In recent weeks, the companies have clashed in a series of legal battles with San Francisco and New York City, cities where restaurants are essential to the local economy, over how much the services can charge restaurants, and about the sharing customer data with restaurants.

The plight of food delivery workers during the pandemic“Delivery workers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic risking their lives, their livelihoods,” said Carlina Rivera, a  New York City councilwoman, in a statement to Bloomberg. “They have almost singlehandedly sustained our restaurant industry. We all saw those photos of waist-deep water that they were wading through to bring people their food and medication.”

When restaurants tried to stay afloat during the pandemic, food delivery became more important to their success. But the increased regulation has also led delivery companies, which are struggling to become profitable, to increase costs for customers.

To determine the minimum pay, New York City will study food delivery working conditions. It will consider how delivery workers are paid, the total income food delivery workers earn, the equipment required to perform their work, the hours worked, and the average mileage of a trip, among other items. The minimum payment is to be established no later than January of 2023.

New York is not the only city looking to raise the minimum wage of food delivery workers. In mid-September, the Seattle City Council drafted a policy to set a pay standard for all app-based food delivery workers—an estimated 40,000 workers—ensuring the payment of minimum wage plus expenses.

Both Seattle and New York City have also passed minimum wages for ride-hailing drivers.

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DoorDash to deliver alcohol across 20 U.S. states, Canada and Australia By Reuters
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DoorDash to deliver alcohol across 20 U.S. states, Canada and Australia By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A delivery person for Doordash rides his bike in the rain during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (Reuters) – Food delivery firm DoorDash Inc said on Monday it would launch alcohol delivery across 20 U.S. […]
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Beckett Media Launches Crypto Initiative With Memorabilia Authenticator
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Beckett Media Launches Crypto Initiative With Memorabilia Authenticator

The sports media company is joining outlets like Time and Vogue Singapore in capitalizing on interest in blockchain

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Some sports magazines are getting a digital makeover on blockchain. 

Beckett Grading Services announced on Tuesday it would allow collectors to store certificates of authenticity for sports memorabilia on blockchain. Through its media arm, Beckett Media Group, the company currently publishes 18 magazines related to sports and collectibles, including Beckett Baseball and Beckett Basketball.

“Beckett is an industry leader in sports and is sitting on one of the most valuable vaults of intellectual property in publishing,” Beyond Protocol CEO Jonathan Manzi told TheWrap. “Their entrance into blockchain is significant.”

Beyond Protocol will allow collectors to upload their certificates digitally to blockchain. They can then be sent and verified by other third-party companies. The blockchain startup is angling to be a leading player at the convergence point of sports, media and technology, promoting a service that is “probabilistically impossible to hack,” according to their website. Earlier this month, NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski demonstrated Beyond Protocol’s use by using it to send his biometric data to DoorDash. That is, Beyond Protocol tracked his health data through a workout, then used it to determine his exact nutritional needs and sent an order to the delivery company to match them.

“Many health providers still use antiquated technology to keep users’ confidential health data secure, which are prime for hackers,” a representative for Gronkowski told TheWrap. The blockchain “solves these security issues while allowing for a seamless integration with other services players depend on.”

Beckett’s announcement follows similar blockchain plays by Time and Vogue. In April, Vogue Singapore announced its September issue would contain a QR code with a downloadable non-fungible token (NFT) that contained a digital-only cover. One month later, Time released three of its iconic magazine covers digitally on blockchain.

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DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats Sue New York City Over Restaurant Fees
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DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats Sue New York City Over Restaurant Fees

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DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats are suing New York City for pandemic-era caps on the fees they can charge restaurants. According to a complaint first posted by The Verge, the food-delivery apps are arguing that fee caps are government overreach that harm business. They’re seeking monetary damages and a jury trial in addition to an injunction to keep the city from enforcing the fee caps, which were made permanent in August of this year. 

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Under the capping rule, apps can’t charge more than 23% per order. Per The Verge, that breaks down to 15% for delivery, 5% for listing the restaurant on the platform and 3% for fees associated with credit card processing. 

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The companies vowed in August to fight the caps. In a Thursday statement to the Wall Street Journal, NYC Councilman Mark Gjonaj, who chairs the small business committee, said, “The laws simply seek to bring fairness to a system that all too often lacks it.” In a statement to The Verge last week, a Grubhub spokesperson said the service had “worked hard during the pandemic to support restaurants in New York City and across the country,” and a fee cap would “lead to a reduction of orders for both restaurants and couriers.” Those points were also made in the filing last week.

San Francisco enacted a similar cap earlier this year, earning oppositional statements from DoorDash. That app and Grubhub sued San Francisco in July and Mayor London Breed decided not to sign the law — which was voted on unanimously in une by the San Francisco board of supervisors — because it was, she said, “unnecessarily prescriptive in limiting the business models of the third-party organizations, and oversteps what is necessary for the public good.”

Last week’s filing pointed out that when the caps were put in place in spring of 2020, they were “unconstitutional,” but “ostensibly temporary: “The law originally was schedule to expire 90 days after a declared public-health emergency that prohibits any on-premisis dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The City Council “moved the goalposts three times” after that, per the complaint, extending the caps. 

“This now-indefinite legislation bears no relationship to any public-health emergency, and qualifies as nothing more than unconstitutional, harmful, and unnecessary government overreach that should be struck down,” argued the lawyers. 

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