California Passes Bill to Improve Conditions for Warehouse Workers
California Passes Bill to Improve Working Conditions for Warehouse Workers
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a bill that will prevent companies like Amazon from setting productivity quotas that force employees to forgo bathroom breaks and safety measures, according to the New York Times reports.
California is the first state in the country to pass a warehouse quota law. It will protect employees from being punished for taking rest and toilet breaks, and provide legal avenues for current and former employees to sue for dangerous quotas.
The law also requires companies to disclose productivity quotas to employees and government agencies. A report of The Verge reveals that employee layoffs are mostly decided by productivity tracking algorithms. Amazon officials are also instructed not to tell underperforming workers that they are under a performance management plan and are at risk of being fired, reports the Seattle Times.
“The hard-working warehouse workers who have helped support us during this unprecedented time should not have to risk injury or be punished because of operating quotas that violate basic health and safety. “Governor Newsom said in a statement. declaration.
However, business groups like the California Retailers Association have strongly opposed the bill, arguing that it will increase costs for consumers and cut jobs.
DC Launches $ 5 Million Small Business Bond Program
Instead of applying for loans from banks or government agencies, small business owners can now get loans from their own community, Technical.ly reports.
In partnership with SMBX, a crowdfunding platform, Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the Rebuild Bond program which allows local investors to put their money directly into small businesses. Small business owners will apply through SMBX. Qualified applicants could receive anywhere from $ 25,000 to $ 250,000 in investment, depending on the company. The District is investing $ 500,000 in the program. In a press release, the District said the investment will fuel $ 5 million in bonds from individual investors to small local businesses.
âThis tool is one more way for us to work together to create jobs and opportunities in all eight neighborhoods, support our favorite local small businesses and uplift entrepreneurs who are invested in our people, our culture and our neighborhoods,â said stated Bowser in the Press release.
Program Director Annie Eser told Technical.ly that SMBX will handle the crowdfunding paperwork for companies once they have been approved for loans and market them to potential investors through their platform. .
NYC to vote on new bills for food delivery apps to ensure better working conditions
New York City lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a set of six bills that will improve working conditions for app-based food delivery workers. The new invoices, the minimum secure payment per trip, access to the toilets and the limitation of the distance can be requested from the couriers to deliver, THE CITY reports.
This makes NYC the first major city in the country to establish app-based worker protection laws.
Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his support on Wednesday, ahead of the vote.
âThe exploitation of delivery drivers is unacceptable. City Hall fully supports these bills to protect delivery people and deeply appreciates the grassroots organization of Los Deliveristas Unidos to make this possible, âde Blasio spokesperson Bill Neidhardt told THE CITY.
A delivery app company, Grubhub, had previously announced support for the invoice package. Other companies, such as DoorDash and UberEats, have yet to release any statements.