A New Jersey Senate committee sanctioned legislation that would expand that state’s definition of an employee to include workers in so-called gig trades, such as rideshare drivers, NJ Spotlight reported. The legislation, similar to other states’, would increase worker protections and benefits. “This is a pro-worker bill for the new gig economy,” the legislation's author, the State Senate's president, Steve Sweeney, said. “It’s all about protecting the rights of workers.” Should the bill become law—it is opposed by business groups—New Jersey could also recoup hundreds of millions of dollars in disability and unemployment-insurance payments, the publication reported.

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