This week in Homebase News we cover an increasing trend in expanding overtime eligibility, Lyft’s flat-fare program, and more. Read below to get the details on these stories and others involving local businesses and hourly workers.

Presidential Candidates Graded on Labor Plans

A writer for the New York Times graded each Democratic presidential candidate
(as well as President Trump) on the efforts they have made to win over the country’s workforce. 

Standing strong with “A” grades are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders thanks to their labor platforms and proposals. Pete Buttigieg’s platform that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 and end right-to-work laws scored a B+, and the rest of the candidates scored in fairly similar ranges. 

Andrew Yang came in last among the candidates with a C+, but Donald Trump was marked last with an F+. 

States Work to Increase Overtime Eligibility 

Several states are scrambling to implement their own laws regarding overtime eligibility instead of relying on the federal threshold, which increases to $35,568 Jan. 1. 

State lawmakers are contending that the new threshold is still too low. A New Jersey policy that will soon be evaluated by officials would make salaried restaurant workers who make less than $78,000 eligible for overtime, and Washington legislators want to entitle anyone who makes less than $79,872. 

California has already enacted a mandate that will allow overtime pay as of 2022 for any salaried employee earning less than $62,400 per year, and Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado are also considering legislation to raise the threshold. 

Lyft Partners with Pizza Chain to Offer Staff Cheap Late Night Rides

Lyft has partnered with a pizza chain to debut the first flat-fare ride-hailing program for the restaurant’s late-night workers. 

The “Lyft for Late Nights” will provide $4.50 rides to eligible employees of &pizza on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The program is in a three-month testing phase and is being tried out at seven of &pizza’s 35 locations. 

“Since day one, it has always been important to me that we show and not just tell our team members, who we call our Tribe, that we care about them,” Andy Hooper, &pizza president and COO, said in a statement. “We are excited to give our hard-working Tribe members an affordable and reliable transportation option from work to their homes.”

Chipotle Adding More Drive-Up Windows After Early Success

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. executives are set to add “Chipotlanes” to more locations after seeing success with early installations. 

The new drive-thru model accommodates mobile and digital orders. They are currently installed at 20 locations and will be at 60 by the end of the year. 

“What we’ve seen is giving people the access through ordering ahead so that they don’t have to get out of their car is a nice unlock for the Chipotle business so that we don’t have to provide the additional complexity of running a traditional drive-thru,” said Brian R. Niccol, chief executive officer of Chipotle Mexican Grill, during an Oct. 22 earnings call. “And frankly, I think this is the future of how people will want to interact with restaurant companies because it is arguably faster than any other way possible to get your food.”