Transportation Network Company drivers (TNC) are getting new statewide protections.

Passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2076 establishes new statewide requirements with which transportation network companies, such as Lyft and Uber, must comply. Transportation network company drivers (TNC) will have rights to minimum compensation rates, paid sick time, and retaliation and deactivation protections. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is responsible for enforcing these new requirements under RCW 49.46.

Many of the driver protections within the bill take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

Food/goods delivery drivers are not included in the new statewide protections, only transportation network company drivers who perform driving services for passengers are included.

Key elements

Among the things the bill does is:

  • Establishes minimum per mile, per minute, and per trip rates for drivers.
  • Gives drivers the right to paid sick time.
  • Gives drivers the right to workers’ compensation.
  • Prevents companies from retaliating against a driver who exercised their rights under the law

Related rulemaking

The Employment Standards Program is conducting rulemaking for ESHB 2076.

L&I filed a CR-101 preproposal on May 17 and will file draft rules to clarify driver rights and company requirements in a CR-102 this fall.

You can monitor the rulemaking progress on L&I’s rulemaking web page. Search for the term “Transportation Network Companies” to find information regarding this rulemaking effort.

For rulemaking questions, contact the Employment Standards Program’s rulemaking inbox.

Seattle driver resources

The Seattle Office of Labor Standards continues to enforce that city’s regulations regarding transportation network companies. That office has contracted with the Drivers Union to provide services to drivers.

Seattle-based drivers with questions should contact the Drivers Union:

Still have questions? Email us at ESGeneral@lni.wa.gov