New York City preparing to adopt its own version of CA economy gig law

New York City preparing to adopt its own version of CA economy gig law

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The debate over California’s new law that classifies most gig economy workers as full employees is moving to New York as lawmakers look to regulate the gig economy.

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California's Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) was approved in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) and went in effect on Jan. 1. The law is intended to ensure that gig economy workers for companies like Uber and Lyft get the same benefits as full-time employees.

In New York, Sen. Diane Savino (D) has introduced legislation that would require companies to offer benefits to gig workers including workers’ compensation benefits, unemployment insurance, overtime pay, and a  minimum wage. The bill wouldn't turn gig workers into full-time employees, but would give them a new label, that of “dependent worker," in an effort to appease both sides. Savino has noted that she doesn't think California's AB5 is the right solution for New York. She and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo have said they're open to making changes.

“We will probably move in a different direction from the dependent worker classification that we had drafted. We’re trying to see if there’s a way to come up with a more workable ABC model that would sort of meet our state standards and the fact that we do have, in labor law here, collective bargaining," Crespo said.

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Some lawmakers, including Savino, are considering adding collective bargaining to the equation, which would allow workers to unionize.

“There’s no scenario I can imagine that’s not going to include collective bargaining. New York is a solidly union town, and I am a solidly union senator," Savino said.

“It’s not a question whether or not there will be worker classification legislation in New York. It’s a question of what will be in it," Bradley Tusk, a consultant who’s advised Uber and Handy, told Bloomberg Law in October.

Opposite effect: There are many drawbacks that both independent contractors and employers dislike. Gig workers could lose their flexibility and the ability to set their own hours, while employers would have to cover additional costs that are likely to be passed onto the consumer. Some companies may be shut down and some people might lose their jobs over the cost of converting gig workers to full-time employees. Vox Media, in December, said it will steer clear from California freelancers.

"That new law makes it impossible for us to continue with our current California team site structure because it restricts contractors from producing more than 35 written content 'submissions' per year," SB Nation executive director wrote, as we reported at LaCorte News.

“There are a lot of companies that provide income for a lot of people where this would destroy their business model. Someone will take legal action to stop that," said Frank Kerbein, the head of human resources policy for the Business Council of New York State.

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