Flexible work schedule bill defeated

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 10, 2014

In its first action of the new legislative year, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment defeated a measure that would have granted individual workers the opportunity to choose an alternative work schedule.  It was voted down on a party line vote.

AB 907 by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) would have eliminated the existing alternative workweek schedule election process, which is burdensome and ripe for legal challenge, and instead would have allowed an employee to choose to work a four, 10-hour work schedule, if their request was submitted in writing and approved by the employer.  California is one of three states that does not follow the federal overtime standard and imposes an eight-hour daily overtime requirement.  Even the other two states (Alaska and Nevada) allow the employer and employee to essentially waive the daily requirement through a written agreement, whereas California does not.

An alternative workweek option can provide workers the flexibility they need to meet the demands and challenges of today's busy lifestyles, while considering the business and operational needs of the employer. 

AB 907 is the latest casualty in a long line of defeats to amend the current overtime and alternative workweek schedule laws.  Opponents continue to fight against any perceived effort to reduce access to overtime pay and threaten the eight-hour work day.

CMTA will continue to advance this common sense alternative.

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