Legislative Updates

EDmarket Opposes the Warehouse Worker Protection Act
May 2, 2024

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced the Warehouse Worker Protection Act, which would impose long discarded and unworkable regulations on employers. A companion bill has not been introduced in the House but is expected to be in the coming weeks. EDmarket signed a letter signed by 61 employer organizations strongly opposing the legislation as it will have devastating consequences for the economy, the employer community, and the workers it is trying to protect.

The Warehouse Worker Protection Act would:
  • Micromanage the warehousing and distribution industry by creating new quota standards (not just traditional quotas but any metrics used to determine productivity within a warehouse).
  • Expand the federal government by creating a new “Fairness and Transparency Office” within the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) to oversee new standards regarding quotas and workplace surveillance.
  • Amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to establish a new unfair labor practice for an employer to impose a quota that “significantly discourages or prevents” an employee from exercising their rights under the NLRA.
  • Require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a rulemaking regulating ergonomics for warehouse distribution centers.
  • Eliminates employer due process rights by forcing employers to abate “serious, willful or repeated” hazard citations before the employer has the opportunity to challenge the findings.

NAW’s Brian Wild stated “This bill represents a costly and unnecessary threat to the US economy, especially for wholesaler-distributors and small businesses. The bill’s quota requirements will negatively affect productivity across the supply chain, leading to delays and price hikes for consumers.”

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