If Handy wants to respect employees’ rights, nothing is stopping them from doing so

Amity Paye, 32BJ SEIU: apaye@seiu32bj.org, 617-504-4492
Eliza Bates, New York Taxi Workers Alliance: elizamargarita@gmail.com, 646-285-8491

If Handy wants to respect employees’ rights, nothing is stopping them from doing so

The following statement can be attributed to the NY DIRECT Coalition

 

“Handy’s announcement of a so-called 5-point worker protection plan is a publicity stunt. Workers need not work full-time or for only one employer to enjoy basic labor rights, and employee status does not prohibit employers from giving their workers flexibility. 

“Nothing is stopping Handy from treating its workers as employees and paying them minimum wage right now. Unless Handy intends to immediately stop misclassifying its workers as independent contractors and give them the rights, pay and benefits they deserve, the company’s words are meaningless. 

“Handys plan is just another attempt at creating a carveout, and proves, yet again, that an ABC test is needed in New York to establish a clear set of standards for determining employee status to ALL workers, whether they are dispatched by an app or not.”

 

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The NY Do It Right Employment Classification Test (DIRECT) Coalition is a group of workers, consumers, organizers, advocates and lawyers fighting to pass a Fair Play in Employment Act for New York, a law that could help create a clear process to determine workers’ coverage under state wage and hour and workers compensation laws.

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