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The California Senate passed a law aimed at restricting Amazon’s use of productivity quotas, paving the way for the first such regulation in the United States.
Assembly Act No. 701 targets all companies that use warehouse labor, but legislators have targeted Amazon In particular, the company’s injury rate is very high compared to similar workplaces.
The law will require all warehouse operators who use quotas to specify any goals that workers should achieve—and the consequences of failing to achieve those goals. These quotas must be provided to employees and government agencies.
The law will prohibit requiring employees to skip or interrupt their prescribed meals or Restroom restIf subject to disciplinary action, employees can request up to 90 days of productivity history to challenge the decision.
The bill was passed in the California House of Commons in May and passed by a vote of 26 to 11 in the Senate on Wednesday.
Before final approval by Congress this week, it is expected that this will be a formality and will then be sent to the governor’s desk Gavin Newson For approval. He has not yet indicated whether he supports the bill.
Despite strong opposition from dozens of trade groups, AB 701 successfully passed the Senate. Organizers stated that an “AB 701 against” coalition has gained 50 members from industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, and auto parts.
“AB 701 is an overly broad bill that will increase the cost of living for all Californians, stifle high-paying jobs and damage our fragile supply chain,” said Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retail Association.
“Everything we buy and use goes through the process of manufacturing, storage, and distribution. Whether it’s the transfer of our food from the farm to the fork, or the transfer of the clothes from the thread to our closet, we will pay for the AB 701. California family buys I can’t afford AB 701,” she added.
But supporters believe that the bill breaks new ground in ensuring better warehouse security records and meets consumers’ insatiable demand for fast delivery.
According to data submitted to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Amazon’s injury rate is more than twice the national storage industry average.
“According to Amazon’s own records, Amazon’s safety plan is a tragic failure,” said Eric Frumming, director of health and safety at the Strategic Organization Center, which is supported by four unions.
The organization stated that in 2020, nearly 6 out of every 100 Amazon employees will be “seriously injured” who will need to take time off or switch jobs to lighter jobs.
“If Amazon complies with the law,” Frumin added, “employees will now have unparalleled capabilities to fight back against abuse of workloads. This has tremendous implications for warehouse workers throughout California, as well as warehouse workers and logistics workers across the country, including drivers. Impact.”
After voting on Wednesday, Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
It has previously stated that there are several factors that influence the decision to understand employees, of which productivity quotas account for a small portion.
In May of this year, occupational health investigators said it had discovered a “serious” safety violation at a factory in DuPont, Washington—about 50 miles from Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.
The inspector’s report read: “Workers are under pressure to maintain this speed without sufficient recovery time,” and said there is a “direct link” between Amazon’s monitoring of its employees and subsequent musculoskeletal diseases.
The company was fined $7,000.