Gridwise launches income security program for drivers

Pittsburgh-based Gridwise, which operates a data-driven platform to help rideshare and delivery drivers maximize their earnings, launched Gridwise Protection, an initiative that offers drivers income protection and sick leave.

The announcement comes shortly after California passed Proposition 22, which establishes drivers as independent contractors, rather than employees, of companies such as Uber, Lyft and Grubhub…

Those situations include vehicle repairs, deactivation by a service provider or hospitalization and sickness. Gridwise reported that more than 60% of its rideshare and delivery drivers had been unfairly deactivated at some point and 72% reported being unable to get reactivated.

Green also said that more than 21% of drivers reported working while feeling sick, a statistic even more critical during the Covid-19 pandemic.