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•  Instacart has agreed to a $46.5 million settlement of a 2019 lawsuit charging that the company improperly classified employees as independent contractors.

The company has not admitted to any wrongdoing in coming to the settlement.

The settlement covers some 308,000 people who worked for Instacart between September 2015 through December 2020.  "Individual reimbursements will vary depending on the number of hours each person worked over that time period," City News Service reports, with payments designed to cover the use of personal equipment by workers during their Instacart employment.


•  Connecticut Public Radio reports that lawmakers in the state "are considering new rules for big, modern warehouses like the massive facilities operated by Amazon," requiring them to "tell warehouse workers about any quotas they are expected to meet for tasks completed."  In addition, legislation would require the state to track employee injury rates.

"Amazon has more than 15,000 employees and 14 warehouses in the state," the story points out.

While employees have told legislators that they are being unfairly penalized for bathroom breaks, Amazon says that the company is only paying attention to extended time away from their stations.  Amazon also says that its "reportable injury rate has fallen by almost 24% since 2019. But a labor union group called the Strategic Organizing Center said Amazon workers are twice as likely to be injured on the job, as employees at other warehouses."


•  CNBC reports that Amazon Prime Video has signed a deal with "the Professional Pickleball Association for global streaming rights to four live PPA Tour events per year, including the 2023-2024 PPA Tour World Championship Series."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to the story, Prime’s deal with the PPA "deepens its commitment to the world of sports streaming rights, which range from Thursday Night Football to emerging sports leagues and sports documentaries."

CNBC notes that "pickleball continues to see rapid growth, with an estimated 36 million people picking up a paddle between August 2021 and August 2022, according to a report by the Association of Pickleball Professionals. The sport grew more than 158% over the past three years, according to the 2023 Sports Fitness Industry Association Topline Participation Report."