Transportation Network Company Minimum Compensation Ordinance

TNC Minimum Compensation Ordinance

Rules: SHRR Chapter 210

TNC Driver Pay Calculator

TNC Minimum Compensation Driver Webinar

TNC Minimum Compensation Notice of Rights

TNC Minimum Compensation Standard Study 

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On October 8, 2020, the Mayor signed the Transportation Network Company (TNC) Minimum Compensation Ordinance. The ordinance requires that TNCs like Uber and Lyft provide a minimum guaranteed per-trip payment that is at least the equivalent of Seattle's large employer minimum wage plus compensation for reasonable expenses.

Key provisions of the ordinance are below: 

Effective date: The ordinance will be effective on January 1, 2021. 

Minimum compensation: TNCs must pay the greater of

  •   Minimum per mile amount of $1.33 and per minute amount of $0.57* 

                   OR 

  • Minimum trip payment of $5

Tip Protection: TNCs must pay all tips to drivers and cannot use tips to satisfy the minimum compensation requirements. 

Deductions: Deductions from pay are permitted only if they are in writing and for the benefit of the TNC driver. A TNC cannot earn a financial benefit from any deduction.

Personal Protective Equipment and Disinfecting Supplies: During the COVID-19 civil emergency, TNCs must  supply drivers with, or reimburse drivers for, a reasonable amount of personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies.

Transparency: TNCs must provide drivers with notice of rights, receipts for every trip, and weekly pay statements. TNCs also must provide passengers with receipts for every trip.

*During the first three months of 2021, the per minute amount was phased in according the below rate schedule:

MonthPer minute amount
January 2021 $0.32
February 2021 $0.41
March 2021 $0.49
April - Dec. 2021 $0.57

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