AB 701, a new law written by California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), aims to fight warehouse speed quotas in an effort to reduce workplace injuries and allow more time for employee breaks.
The bill passed the Senate with a 26-11 vote earlier this month. If signed by Governor Newsom, the law will require warehouse employers to disclose productivity quotas and prohibit any rules that prevent workers from taking state-mandated breaks or compromise health and safety laws. The bill also allows workers, their representatives and government officials more access to quota records and pay rates.
According to the Senate committee summary, AB 701 requires that all new employees are given a “written description of all the work quotas to which the worker will be subject, as well as what the consequences will be if the worker fails to meet those quotas.” It would also give the labor commissioner the power to adopt regulations for employees to make complaints against their employers.
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