New York lawmakers consider reshaping labor laws in gig economy

Brennan Somers
Created: September 17, 2019 06:24 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There's a growing debate over the definition of work, and it could ultimately lead to a big change in New York. It comes down to defining workers and employees. Should they all be paid and treated the same?

California recently passed new legislation that would make it harder for many companies in the gig economy to treat their workers like contractors rather than employees who get minimum wage and benefits.


California’s governor supports the bill, but gig companies are hoping to keep negotiating for their own set of rules.

Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have already announced they'll put up $30 million each to fight the measure by backing a ballot campaign next year that would protect them from having to reclassify drivers as employees.

At a recent press conference, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the California bill caught his attention. In the future, he says he'll push for more protections for workers and part of that would be to redefine a worker as an employee versus a contractor.

Cuomo also addressed the issue in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

The New York State Senate has a hearing on the gig economy scheduled in Manhattan next month.

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