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Gig Economy Study Bill Advances


Labor Committee Co-Chairs Julie Kushner and Robyn Porter, in support of gig economy study bill. State lawmakers advanced a bill that would study—but not take any immediate action on—whether or not Uber and Lyft drivers and other gig economy “independent contractors” should be classified instead as employees.

That proposed legislation is House Bill No. 6343: An Act Concerning A Study Of Gig Workers .

On Thursday afternoon, state legislators on the Labor and Public Employees Committee, including New Haven State Rep. and Committee Co-Chair Robyn Porter, voted 9-3 to move a substitute version of the bill out of committee and towards the full state House of Representatives for further debate and a potential future vote. The committee meeting was live-streamed on YouTube. Thursday’s virtual labor committee meeting. The proposed bill, which is co-sponsored by Porter, would require the state labor commissioner to conduct a study of gig workers in the state, “including, but not limited to, internet-based food delivery drivers and ridesharing service providers.”

No later than Jan. 1, 2022, the commissioner shall then report to the state legislature’s labor committee on the results of the study and on any recommendations for legislation that would “prevent companies from improperly classifying such workers […]

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