It took a global pandemic for big tech companies to protect their hourly workers, support staff, and independent contractors with an economic safety net. But what will happen when the virus passes?
Amazon, Apple, Box, DoorDash, Facebook, Google, Instacart, Microsoft, Lyft, Postmates, Twitter, and Uber have all announced some form of compensation for non-full-time employees for time they have to spend away from work due to potential illness or self-quarantining. These workers are critical to the success of all these companies. But for many of them, any hour they aren’t working is an hour they’re not earning money. The same has not been true for most of the highly paid full-time staff they support.