Democratic governors bail on Biden

Working Lunch: Joe Kefauver and Franklin Coley discuss governors easing pandemic restrictions and some bipartisan legislation that swept through Congress.

Major Democratic governors are breaking with the President and pumping the brakes on mask mandates in their states.

In this episode of the podcast “Working Lunch,” from the public affairs firm Align Public Strategies, Joe Kefauver, managing partner, and Franklin Coley, a partner with the firm, discuss the evolving politics of COVID, what this means for operators and other health and safety issues.

They also talk about, surprise surprise, bipartisan legislation. In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, both the house and senate this week passed sweeping legislation that would forbid clauses in employment contracts requiring workers to litigate sexual harassment and abuse cases in private, rather than a court. Kefauver and Coley talk about the impact of ending mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims.

New data from California also suggests progressives lost key parts of their political bases when they tried to push back on Uber and Lyft’s business models. What does that mean for the other states trying to reclassify those drivers as employees and not independent contractors?

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