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Gig-Worker Bill Falls Out of N.Y. Budget as Virus Outbreak Surges

March 26, 2020, 7:42 PM

New York lawmakers are not likely to tackle gig-worker rights during the current legislative session, as the state continues to battle an ever-growing outbreak of the new coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo’s January budget proposal included the creation of a task force to study the issue. The Democrat and other state lawmakers had said they planned to follow California’s lead by enacting regulations protecting workers during this legislative session, which ends June 2.

But with a March 31 budget deadline fast approaching, and novel coronavirus cases topping 37,000 in the state, Cuomo said Thursday he doesn’t believe the measure...

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