Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

California employers would be required to pay their employees double for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas under a bill advancing at the state Capitol. The measure passed its
first committee vote Wednesday.

Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says her bill, AB 67, is intended to help mostly hourly workers who don’t already get overtime pay on holidays through collective bargaining agreements.

“Most of these workers – let’s be clear – are forced, compelled, threatened with firing if they do not show up on these days,” Gonzalez told a legislative committee Wednesday. “If they are compelled to do so, they should be compensated fairly.”

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