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In California, law to improve conditions in Amazon warehouses

In California, law to improve conditions in Amazon warehouses

A bill in California could change the way Amazon manages workers in its warehouses. The AB-701 proposal would make it mandatory for Amazon reveal the odds of packaged and shipped packages that employees must comply with. And it would prevent you from setting numbers that are impossible to reach without the necessary breaks to eat, rest and use the toilets.

New law to improve conditions for Amazon warehouse workers in California

If workers cannot realistically reach the fixed quotas, the company must lower them. A situation that could be governed by common sense but which, given the news of recent months regarding Amazon’s warehouses, it is better to write in law. This is the reasoning behind the proposal passed in May to the state assembly, which this week arrives in the Senate.

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The law wants to ensure that the quotas to be achieved are transparent and known, so you can verify that companies that run department stores like Amazon are giving achievable goals. Goals that do not prevent those who work from taking the breaks due by law, to go to the bathroom, eat and rest. Furthermore, the law wants to prevent executives from punishing those who do not reach quotas. If these altitudes are too high to reach without compromising the safety and health of employees.

This law comes after several company employees reported they had to urinating in small bottles plastic so you don’t waste time going to the bathroom. Recently, it emerged that Amazon is asking employees to crawl up to 400 objects per hour in computerized warehouses, where the injury rate is higher than 50% (according to the Center for Investigative Reporting).

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Amazon comments to the New York Times saying layoffs for failing to meet quotas are rare and denies allegations made by former employees. And he recently sponsored some speeches for reduce the risk of accidents and promote well-being in the workplace. But he refuses to comment directly on the California bill.

The situation is still to be decided: we will keep you informed.