senate Bill S8922A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Establishes the warehouse worker protection act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 03, 2022 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.633
substituted for a10020a
Jun 01, 2022 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1784
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 25, 2022 print number 8922a
May 25, 2022 amend and recommit to labor
Apr 28, 2022 referred to labor

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S8922 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10020
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 21-A §§780 - 788, Lab L

S8922 - Summary

Establishes the warehouse worker protection act; requires employers to provide a written description of quotas to which employees are subject and states that employees shall not be required to meet quotas that prevent compliance with meal or rest periods, or use of bathroom facilities.

S8922 - Sponsor Memo

S8922 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   8922
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 28, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  RAMOS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor
 
 AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing the warehouse
   worker protection act
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "warehouse
 worker protection act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that:
   (a) The rapid growth of just-in-time logistics and same- and  next-day
 consumer  package delivery, and advances in technology used for tracking
 employee productivity, have led to a rise in the number of warehouse and
 distribution center workers who are subject to quantified work quotas.
   (b) Warehouse and distribution center employees who  work  under  such
 quotas  are  expected  to  complete  a quantified number of tasks within
 specific time periods, often measured down to the minute or second,  and
 face  adverse employment action, including suspension or termination, if
 they fail to do so.
   (c) Those quotas generally do not allow for  workers  to  comply  with
 safety  guidelines  or to recover from strenuous activity during produc-
 tive work time, leaving warehouse and distribution center employees  who
 work under them at high risk of injury and illness.
   (d) The quotas under which warehouse and distribution center employees
 regularly  work  also  affect their compensation. Warehouse and distrib-
 ution center employees who work under a quota may not receive  the  full
 benefit  of minimum wages if their quota is increased to make up for the
 direct or indirect effect of a minimum-wage increase.
   (e) Quotas in occupations that are already physically demanding incen-
 tivize unsafe work, resulting in an increase in injuries. The  workforce
 in  warehouse  and logistics is largely comprised of people of color who
 depend upon these jobs to provide for their families and  often  see  no
 alternative  but  to  prioritize quota compliance over their own safety.
 These workers end up working faster than is healthy  in  order  to  keep
 their jobs.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

Co-Sponsors

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S8922A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10020
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 21-A §§780 - 788, Lab L

S8922A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the warehouse worker protection act; requires employers to provide a written description of quotas to which employees are subject and states that employees shall not be required to meet quotas that prevent compliance with meal or rest periods, or use of bathroom facilities.

S8922A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S8922A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  8922--A
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                              April 28, 2022
                                ___________
 
 Introduced   by   Sens.   RAMOS,  BAILEY,  CLEARE,  GAUGHRAN,  GIANARIS,
   GOUNARDES, HINCHEY, HOYLMAN, KAVANAGH, KENNEDY, PERSAUD, REICHLIN-MEL-
   NICK, RIVERA, SALAZAR, SAVINO, SEPULVEDA --  read  twice  and  ordered
   printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor --
   committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
   recommitted to said committee

 AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing the warehouse
   worker protection act
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "warehouse
 worker protection act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that:
   (a) The rapid growth of just-in-time logistics and same- and  next-day
 consumer  package delivery, and advances in technology used for tracking
 employee productivity, have led to a rise in the number of warehouse and
 distribution center workers who are subject to quantified work quotas.
   (b) Warehouse and distribution center employees who  work  under  such
 quotas  are  expected  to  complete  a quantified number of tasks within
 specific time periods, often measured down to the minute or second,  and
 face  adverse employment action, including suspension or termination, if
 they fail to do so.
   (c) Those quotas generally do not allow for  workers  to  comply  with
 safety  guidelines  or to recover from strenuous activity during produc-
 tive work time, leaving warehouse and distribution center employees  who
 work under them at high risk of injury and illness.
   (d) The quotas under which warehouse and distribution center employees
 regularly  work  also  affect their compensation. Warehouse and distrib-
 ution center employees who work under a quota may not receive  the  full
 benefit  of minimum wages if their quota is increased to make up for the
 direct or indirect effect of a minimum-wage increase.
   (e) Quotas in occupations that are already physically demanding incen-
 tivize unsafe work, resulting in an increase in injuries. The  workforce
 in  warehouse  and logistics is largely comprised of people of color who
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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