Capitol Notes

Gig economy rules and tipped wage increases likely on hold until 2022

With 12 days left on the legislative calendar in Albany, time has likely run out for state lawmakers to act on a handful of big ticket workforce items.

Legislation ensuring benefits and protections for independent contractors, reforming New York’s on-call scheduling laws and increasing the tipped-minimum wage aren’t expected to come up for a vote before the scheduled end to the legislative session on June 10, according to Senate Labor Committee Chair Jessica Ramos.

“I think it is more realistic that it gets done in 2022,” the Queens Democrat told The Capitol Pressroom. “We’re not going to be able to get everything done that we want for this session. There’s just too much.”

“I’ve tried to prioritize the things that are most urgent, not only the fund for excluded workers, but of course, the New York HERO Act,” Ramos added.

The last major push to overhaul the regulations covering independent contractors, many of whom work in the so-called “Gig Economy,” came in 2019, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a task force that was rejected by the state Legislature.

Ramos said her goal is to give these workers a voice in their job, specifically with regards to setting their wages and staying safe.

“Even though there wasn’t as much action this session, with regard to the gig economy, I have a feeling it’ll pick up for next session,” she said.

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