According to a memo received from OneZero, Amazon has told its contract Flex drivers who deliver the e-commerce company's packages that they should stay home if they get sick during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Unlike Amazon's hourly workers, who receive their regular wages even though they have to stay at home, it seems that the company's Flex drivers are not compensated for their neglected work.
Here is the full memo from OneZero:
It's worth noting that Amazon doesn't specifically say in this memo that flex drivers aren't paid – but every time one of these drives doesn't work, they don't get paid, much like Uber and Lyft drivers. If they're home-bound due to corona virus, it doesn't seem like the company is taking care of them in any way. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
Currently, other companies that rely on gig employees do not offer these workers a refund if they have to take their time due to the corona virus. On Friday, however, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sent letters to Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash and Instacart asking them to provide financial support to gig workers who may get sick or who need self-quarantine COVID -19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
"I urge you to try to eliminate the potential financial hardship for your workers if they are sick or have to quarantine themselves during this time," Warner said in the letters. "To limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important that platform companies set a good example by undertaking that economic uncertainties do not deter employees if they follow public health guidelines during the response."
A Uber spokesman said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that the company "is investigating compensation for drivers who have been quarantined or diagnosed with coronavirus, regardless of whether through a fund or in partnership with peer companies."
Lyft says it is "ready to coordinate with government officials."
Lyft said in a statement to theinformationsuperhighway that it was "geared towards taking appropriate action and actively planning multiple scenarios." "We are ready to coordinate with government officials." Both Uber and Lyft have given drivers common instructions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Postmates plans to inform Warner's office of plans to "invest in the wellbeing of our flexible workforce," the company told theinformationsuperhighway. The company also added a touch-free delivery option that allows meals to be dropped off or dropped off at a customer's door on Friday to reduce direct contact between delivery drivers and Postmates users.
Grubhub said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that it was "designed to prioritize the health and safety of our drivers, guests, and restaurant partners." "We share Senator Warner's concern about the safety and well-being of our drivers and look forward to working with the Senator on these important issues."
DoorDash said it will “continue to provide the latest public health guidelines to consumers, dashers and retailers and remind our community in the affected areas of the delivery instructions feature so that requests for food can be left at the door, along with one Photo of where the groceries should be left via the app, ”it said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. The company also sold the Los Angeles Times, which was due to speak to Warner today.
According to theinformationsuperhighway, Instacart has not yet responded to a comment request. It also did not respond to a request from The Verge.