Transportation Network Company Minimum Compensation Ordinance

TNC Minimum Compensation Ordinance

Rules: SHRR Chapter 210


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UPDATE: 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. The TNC Minimum Compensation Ordinance is effective through December 31, 2022. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the TNC Minimum Compensation Ordinance will no longer apply to TNCs such as Uber and Lyft due to Washington State House Bill 2076, which establishes new statewide requirements concerning TNCs. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is responsible for enforcing these new requirements. Many of the statewide TNC driver protections take effect January 1, 2023. For more information, go to L&I’s TNC Drivers’ Rights page.

(UPDATED) Key provisions of the ordinance are below:

Effective period: The ordinance is effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

Minimum compensation: TNCs must pay the greater of

  • Minimum per mile amount of $1.38 and per minute amount of $0.59


  • Minimum trip payment of $5.17

Rate Updates: Updated rates are effective January 1 of each year. These rates will increase based on annual inflation adjustments.

Noted as Reference: For 2021, the per minute rate was $0.57*; the per mile rate was $1.33; the minimum trip payment was $5.00 on all trips, including if the customer or TNC canceled the trip. *The per minute amount was phased in during the first three months of 2021.

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.

(UPDATED) Personal Protective Equipment and Disinfecting Supplies: Effective November 1, 2022, the requirement for TNCs to provide drivers with face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizing agents, and disinfecting supplies no longer applies. This temporary requirement ceases with Mayor Bruce Harrell’s announcement to end the Civil Emergency Proclamation after October 31, 2022.

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.


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