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California Lawmakers Advance Bill To Redefine And Protect Gig Workers


Added 09-11-19 07:07:01am EST - “The bill, which passed the state Senate and is expected to become law, limits the kinds of workers who can be classified as contractors. It has vast implications for companies such as Lyft and Uber.” - Npr.org

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Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez speaks at a July rally for independent contractors in Sacramento, Calif. The measure that passed Tuesday in the state Senate requires companies such as Lyft and Uber to turn many of its contract workers into full employees. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez speaks at a July rally for independent contractors in Sacramento, Calif. The measure that passed Tuesday in the state Senate requires companies such as Lyft and Uber to turn many of its contract workers into full employees.

Lawmakers in California have advanced a bill aimed at ensuring minimum wage, workers' compensation and other benefits for contract workers in the gig economy.

The state Senate passed the measure known as Assembly Bill 5 on Tuesday evening, in a move that's likely to have major ramifications for on-demand delivery and ride-hailing companies, such as Uber, DoorDash and Lyft, whose business model classifies most of their workers as independent contractors.

The bill passed on the strength of Democratic support, on a party-line vote of 29-11. Now, the bill heads to the state Assembly, where it is expected to be approved as well — and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who endorsed the bill in an op-ed earlier this month, has also indicated that he will sign it.

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