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GOP Bill Would Allow Flexible Work Schedules

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 7, 2013

We're talking here about employees who want to work, say, four 10-hour days each week - without employers having to pay them overtime for working more than eight hours in a single day.  Republican Senator Tom Berryhill has authored this bill.  He says even though the current system allows some employees to work flexible schedules - such as through collective bargaining - it's not enough.

"Right now, I think they can work it out to a certain extent," says Berryhill.  "But this would be universal - that people would have the ability to go to the ownership and say, this is how we'd really like to do it, and then it'd be mandated."

Similar bills have died at the Capitol in previous years.  Labor unions have argued that the current process works well - and that changing it could let companies play favorites.  They say employers could let some employees work their preferred schedules - but not others.

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