Assembly rejects holiday double-pay, delays schedule rules

Jun 4, 2015 8:38 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers have rejected two proposals aimed at providing low-wage workers more consistent schedules and offering extra pay for working on Thanksgiving.

Assembly lawmakers defeated AB67 by Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. The bill would have forced retailers to pay employees double-time for working on the Thanksgiving holiday. It comes as stores have begun opening earlier and earlier to accommodate shoppers ahead of Black Friday.

The Assembly rejected it, 29-28 on Thursday.

Two other lawmakers also postponed a vote on a union-backed proposal that would require retailers and food service businesses to post employee schedules two weeks in advance.

Lacking support in the Legislature on Thursday, the lawmakers said they were converting AB357 to a two-year bill so it can be taken up next year.

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