Independent contractors in California, including Uber and Lyft drivers and couriers, are poised to get additional worker protections following the passage of legislation in that state’s Senate on Sept. 10, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The gig-work legislation would entitle the workers to minimum-wage, unemployment and other benefits. The Senate voted 29-11 for passage. The bill will now be considered by the state Assembly. Lawmakers in that chamber already voted in favor of a similar bill but must now reconcile difference in the two versions.
Hundreds of thousands of independent contractors would become employees should Gov. Gavin Newsom sign the legislation, as he is expected to do.