Nicole Rice

Assembly approves the "Double Pay on the Holiday" measure

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Jan. 29, 2016

Not without a fight, the “double pay on the holiday” bill passed the State Assembly this week and will now head to the State Senate for consideration and approval. This CMTA-Opposed bill originally stalled on the Assembly Floor last year due to a lack of support from Republicans and Moderate Democrats. However, recent amendments significantly narrowed its scope and ultimately made it more palatable to some. Despite these changes, the bill still struggled initially to secure the votes needed, eventually gaining passage as several Legislators added on during the second roll call.

As amended, AB 67 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) only applies to large-scale retailers and grocers (those with 500 or more employees) in California instead of all the State’s employers, including manufacturers, as previously drafted. The framework of the bill remains the same in requiring these businesses to pay their employees twice the regular rate of pay when working on Thanksgiving and excluding exempt employees and those covered under a valid collective bargaining agreement, as defined by the bill.


Although the bill no longer directly targets the manufacturing industry, it establishes a bad precedent by imposing yet another California-only mandate that encumbers a company’s flexibility to make operational decisions given the competitive pressures of the global marketplace. Further, once the initial step in the bill is taken, its provisions could easily be incrementally expanded to manufacturers and other California businesses, which is the common practice of this State Legislature. 


CMTA remains strongly opposed to this measure.

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