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New law with protections for distribution center workers goes into effect

Jun 20, 2023 12:33 am

Kate Lisa reports in New York State of Politics that the Warehouse Worker Protection Act took effect on June 19, with the New York state Labor Department starting to monitor stronger protections for warehouse workers, including mandates they quickly receive data about their work speed and company-set quotas. Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill into law in December. Distribution centers must now disclose work performance data to current and former employees and to the state. Workers now also can't be fired or disciplined for failing to meet required quotas, and workers also can't be forced to work through meals. Hochul said, "New York's warehouse workers deserve to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect and we are making a significant stride toward achieving that.... I was proud to sign the Warehouse Worker Protection Act to address unreasonable work quotas and provide warehouse workers with protections from retaliation by their employers. With this legislation now in effect, we are holding firm to our commitment to ensure fairer and safer workplaces for all New Yorkers." New York's AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, "Warehouse workers suffer serious work-related injuries at a rate more than twice the average for all private industries." Locally, there are distribution centers near interstate exits in Greene and Rennselaer counties. Violations of the new law can be reported to labor.sm.warehouse.worker.claims@labor.ny.gov. Read more about this story in New York State of Politics.

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