Uber said it would help pay drivers' healthcare - then withdrew the offer 2 weeks later, calling it a 'mistake'
Uberretracted an offer to subsidize its US drivers' healthcare costs, in an email shared on Twitter.
- Uber said it had made a "mistake" - the offer only applied to California-based drivers.
- The company said it would reimburse drivers for their first month's premium if they had signed up.
Uber has retracted an offer to subsidize most drivers'
The company sent workers an email two weeks ago that said "Uber can help cover your healthcare costs," as reported by The Verge. "If you need health coverage, there's no better time to apply for a healthcare plan," the email said.
But Uber backtracked on Wednesday, emailing drivers saying the original offer was only meant for California drivers.
Podcaster Ed Burmila shared the new email on Twitter. Burmila told Gizmodo that he drove for Uber part-time.
"On May 26th, we sent you two emails with the subject line 'It's a great time to get health coverage,'" the Wednesday email said. "Unfortunately we made a mistake sending this email to you, as this policy only applies to drivers and delivery people in California."
Another Uber driver shared the same email on a Reddit thread for Uber drivers. Others commented that they had received the same message.
The company said in the email that it would reimburse drivers' first-month premiums if they had signed up for an insurance plan between receiving the first and second emails.
Uber's drivers are hired as independent contractors, meaning the company does not have to sponsor their health insurance. In 2020, Uber and similar "
One of those was for gig-work companies to pay into a common fund to help subsidize workers' healthcare in the state.
Uber and Burmila did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
- The 10-year Treasury yield will drop to 3.5% by the end of next year as the massive bond rally will continue, UBS says
- Instagram's crisis highlights the bigger issues the entire ad industry is facing
- Exit polls predict BJP advantage in MP, Rajasthan, Congress win in Chhattisgarh, Telangana and tight contest in Mizoram
- Delhi airport: Flights diverted due to bad smog, bad weather
- Meta expanding child safety measures as scrutiny mounts
- IPL has given me confidence to remain calm under pressure: Rinku Singh
- GST collection surges to 8-month high in November
- Environmental Impact Assessments