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Record No: CB 120294    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120294
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Public Safety and Human Services Committee
On agenda: 4/12/2022
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to app-based worker labor standards; establishing a compensation scheme for app-based workers with minimum pay requirements and related standards for transparency and flexibility; amending Sections 3.02.125, 3.15.000, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Title 8 and Chapter 8.37 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold, Andrew Lewis
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation (4/12/2022), 3. Central Staff Memo (4/12/2022), 4. Central Staff Memo (4/26/2022), 5. Central Staff Memo and Amendments (5/24/2022)
CITY OF SEATTLE
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AN ORDINANCE relating to app-based worker labor standards; establishing a compensation scheme for app-based workers with minimum pay requirements and related standards for transparency and flexibility; amending Sections 3.02.125, 3.15.000, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Title 8 and Chapter 8.37 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, an estimated 40,000 app-based workers work in Seattle, including those who are Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, workers with disabilities, LGBTQ+ workers, and single parents; and
WHEREAS, the community depends on app-based workers to provide valuable services, but network companies often pay app-based workers subminimum wages despite the promise of good wages, flexibility, and accessibility; and
WHEREAS, the definitions of "employee" and "employer" in local, state, and federal laws are broad, but network companies rely on business models that treat app-based workers as "independent contractors," thereby creating barriers for app-based workers to access employee protections such as minimum wage, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, and paid family and medical leave; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data show that Black workers account for 23 percent of app-based workers performing in-person work, higher than their overall share of employment (12 percent), and Latinx workers account for 19 percent of app-based workers performing in-person work, higher than their overall share of employment (17 percent); and
WHEREAS, Black and Latinx workers are overrepresented among app-based workers, comprising almost 42 percent of app-based workers but less than 29 percent of the overall labor force, and are disproportionately deprived of core employee protections when network companies treat them as independent contractors; and
WHEREAS, BIPOC workers face unique barri...

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