Clearly, Amazon.com Inc. is the regulatory body’s target, the report adds.
Amazon has given machines unparalleled control over workers and allegedly used technology to impose unreasonable demands on them.
AB 701, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, prohibits monitoring systems that thwart fundamental worker rights such as rest periods, bathroom breaks, and safety.
The legislation will help determine whether governments can regulate human-resources software that will likely play a crucial role in hiring, firing, worker pay, and how hard they work.
Industry groups opposed the bill, arguing that it would encourage workers to file lawsuits that impose unnecessary costs on employers.
The report cited an Amazon spokesman saying the company will update managers at its 32 California fulfillment centers on the productivity tracking process.
By Anusuya Lahiri
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