California Senate proposal would loosen workday rules
February 27, 2010
TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; A new proposal in the California Senate would allow some hourly laborers to work 10-hour days instead of the 8-hour daily norm.
State Sen. Dave Cox has proposed Senate Bill 8X 66, which would be a limited exemption from the 8-hour-day policy for those hourly workers who want to work 10-hours per day.
and#8220;Californiaand#8217;s employment laws are too rigid,and#8221; Cox said in a press release.
Current California law requires most hourly workers to receive overtime pay if they work more than 8-hour days. This provision can be waived if a survey of a workplaceand#8217;s labor force unanimously approves the shift to longer days. Federal government workers along with union members are exempted from the stateand#8217;s current policy.
Cox, a Republican, represents the first district, which includes Truckee, Lake Tahoe and the suburbs of Sacramento.
So what do some of our locals think about Coxand#8217;s proposal, which, if seen through, figures to have a big impact on resort communities?
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Visit http://www.sierrasun.com next week, or check out one of our print editions, for reaction from local employers and employees who fall under the 8-hour work-day schedule.