California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed the bill this will prohibit “mega-retailers” like Amazon from firing warehouse workers for missing quotas, according to The San Francisco Gate. Mega retailers, those companies that employ more than 1,000 warehouse workers, will now have to reveal how their algorithms assess workers’ productivity.
“We can’t allow corporations to profit people,” Newsham said in a press release, announcing that he had signed the law according to The San Francisco Gate.
The new law will also ensure that mega-retailers cannot discipline workers for complying with health and safety laws and will allow employees to sue to end dangerous quotas or fight revenge.
The account, FROM 701, takes effect on January 1 and gives mega-retailers only 30 days to disclose “any quota to which the employee is subject”. Mega retailers will now need to outline “the quantitative number of tasks to be performed, or materials to be produced or processed, over a given period of time, as well as any potential adverse employment actions that would could be the result of non-compliance with the quota. “
From now on, warehouse workers who believe that their quotas lead to dangerous behavior will be able to request 90-day documentation on how their work meets or does not meet the quotas. Although the new bill is aimed at all major mega-retailers, it seems that it will have the greatest effect on Amazon.
Democratic Assembly spokeswoman Lorena Gonzalez, a lawyer and former labor leader who authored the law, said several labor advocacy groups such as the Warehouse Workers Resource Center and the Strategic Organization Center found that Amazon employees were very more likely to get serious injuries than those working in other warehouses like Walmart.
The new bill would also allow regulators in the workplace in California to investigate a workplace that has an annual employee injury rate at least 1.5 times higher than the average for the warehousing industry. No word was said on how the new law plans to regulate employee monitoring.