Uber has been slowly rolling out free insurance coverage merchandise to its drivers and supply individuals in Europe. The corporate is asserting that its contractors will get higher protection in 21 European nations.
Beginning on June 1st, 150,000 folks working with Uber companies will probably be coated by what Uber calls “Companion Safety”. The corporate is working with French insurance coverage firm Axa on the insurance coverage product. Uber is paying for the insurance coverage.
While you’re driving or delivering meals, Uber goes to cowl your hospital payments. The corporate can doubtlessly additionally present incapacity indemnities and survivor advantages.
Final July, the corporate already announced this type of protection for French drivers and riders. Uber first launched this insurance coverage product to adjust to French regulation. Uber Eats courriers are additionally getting basic accident and sickness insurance coverage within the U.Okay. Contractors working in different European nations will now get comparable protection.
Extra apparently, for the primary time, Uber can be going ot present some form of insurance coverage once you’re not working. The insurance coverage product goes to cowl extreme illness and harm. You’ll additionally get maternity and paternity funds to compensate your income loss after having a child.
However you gained’t be eligible to this off-trip insurance coverage in the event you solely ship meals on Uber Eats every so often for example. Drivers who accomplished 150 journeys over the previous eight weeks and supply individuals who delivered 30 orders over the previous eight weeks are eligible.
And but, don’t name them staff. Uber nonetheless doesn’t need to rent its drivers and riders straight. It’s a lot simpler to work with contractors — Uber doesn’t must pay the minimal wage or costly advantages. And the corporate can even terminate its relationships with its ‘companions’ with none consequence.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is at the moment having lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron and round 50 tech CEOs in Paris. Khosrowshahi may also speak privately with Macron as a part of the Tech for Good Summit organized by Macron.