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Friday January 08, 2016

Amazon Prime Drivers File Class Action

Someone that knows labor law better than I do needs to explain to me how this works. If you sign up to be an independent contractor, shouldn't you know that you do not have the same benefits that an employee has?

Here are some of the requirements of their jobs, according to the complaint:

  • They had to deliver packages within two hours for Amazon Prime members who placed orders on the Amazon Prime Now app, or within one hour if the customer paid an additional fee.

  • "Delivery drivers reported to and worked exclusively out of an Amazon warehouse."

  • "Delivery drivers are required to wear shirts and hats bearing the Amazon Prime Now logo and Amazon and Courier Logistics provide delivery drivers with a smart phone pre-loaded with the Prime Now mobile application."

  • Drivers are assigned to "fixed shifts during Amazon's Prime Now service hours."

  • They are "required to report to the Amazon warehouse 15 minutes before their scheduled start time," but are not paid for those 15 minutes.

  • They must check in with the dispatcher at the beginning of each day, and check out at the end.

  • "Amazon decides which packages will be assigned to delivery drivers and makes their work assignments."

  • "Delivery drivers cannot reject work assignments."