Bloomberg Law
Oct. 9, 2019, 2:28 PM

New York Said to Become Next Battleground for Gig Worker Law

Chris Opfer
Chris Opfer
Keshia Clukey
Keshia Clukey

The debate over gig worker rights could soon move east, as lawmakers in New York consider following California in making it harder for companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to classify drivers as independent contractors.

Sen. Diane Savino (D) plans to introduce updated legislation that would extend protections such as unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation benefits, and minimum wage and overtime pay requirements to a new class of “dependent workers.” But a coalition of advocates already is pushing lawmakers to go further, adopting something similar to a new California law designed to force gig and a wide range of ...

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