We agree. But Bill 88 actually entitles gig platform workers to less than minimum wage. It requires platform companies to pay minimum wage only for assignment time. Workers will not get paid for all our time worked.
Imagine a construction worker getting paid only while the hammer is on the nail, or a cashier only while their fingers are on the register, a nurse only while sitting at a bedside, and you get the picture.
And who decides what time is considered “on assignment?” The law itself doesn’t define this.
Bill 88 does the opposite of ensuring minimum wage; it ensures sub-minimum wage.
Not only does the minimum wage not apply to all hours worked, but Bill 88 also does not deal with employment-related expenses, which reduce real wages farther below the minimum. We provide ourr cars, bikes, gas, insurance, and maintenance out of our own pocket, further reducing our real income. This is true while we’re “on assignment” and while we’re not! Other employers have to cover these costs as part of doing business.
What workers need is reimbursement for all necessary work-related expenses and pay for all hours at work.