DoorDash, a food takeaway start-up that also runs Caviar, has announced that it will provide financial assistance to takeaway employees who have been diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia or quarantined,media reported. DoorDash workers in the U.S., Canada and Australia are eligible for up to two weeks of financial assistance if they are infected with the new coronavirus or quarantined by public health agencies.
It is important to note that employees must be active on DoorDash for at least 60 days and have completed at least 30 deliveries in the last 30 days. Carviar employees are also required to attach these conditions and are limited to the U.S. region.
DoorDash says it will also distribute more than 1 million sets of hand sanitizers and gloves to workers who regularly interact with customers. In addition, DoorDash’s default shipping method will now become contactless, meaning workers will be able to put food on the customer’s door by default. Customers can still choose to have the delivery staff deliver food directly to them, but employees can still choose to deliver without contact according to their wishes.
In addition to DoorDash, companies such as Uber, Instacart and Postmates have taken steps to help those who work part-time, such as Uber, which has drivers who support infections or are quarantined by public health authorities.
And just yesterday, San Francisco announced a stay-at-home policy that legally requires people to stay at home as much as possible unless they have to leave to do things like go shopping for groceries, refueling or going to a pharmacy to buy medicine. However, part-time workers are considered essential. This means that employees of Postmates, Instacart, DoorDash and Uber Eats will still have to deliver food to people, while ride-sharing drivers carrying passengers are at risk of contracting the virus.
The increase in the number of part-time workers prompted California lawmakers to immediately implement AB 5, which would ensure that these workers receive good health care, paid sick leave, disability leave, and so on. Notably, DoorDash is one of the companies that has spent millions of dollars opposing AB 5.