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California Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Governor’s Furlough Program

In Other Cases of Interest on October 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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On Monday, the California Supreme Court held that the California “Legislature’s 2009 enactment of the revisions to the 2008 Budget Act operated to ratify the use of the two-day-a-month furlough program as a permissible means of achieving the reduction of state employee compensation mandated by the act.”  Professional Engineers in California Government v. Schwarzenegger, No. S183411, — Cal.Rptr.3d —-, 2010 WL 3835132, *2 (Cal. Oct. 4, 2010).  Accordingly, the Court concluded that the “2009 budget legislation validated the Governor’s furlough program here at issue, and rejected plaintiffs’ challenge to that program.  Id.

On December 1, 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency, called the Legislature into special session, and submitted to the Legislature a comprehensive plan to address the budget problem.  Id. *1.  The Governor’s budget plan included, among many other cost-saving features, two proposed statutory provisions that would impose a mandatory one-day-a-month unpaid furlough of most state employees employed by the executive branch.  Id. The Legislature later passed its own proposed comprehensive budget legislation, but the Legislature’s alternative plan did not include the Governor’s recommended furlough provision.  Id. Read the rest of this entry »

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New York Rejects Farmworker Overtime Pay Legislation

In Wage & Hour Legislation on August 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm
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Already discussed and rejected several times this year, the New York legislature has again rejected legislation that would have give farmworkers overtime pay and other workplace rights.  The bill was voted down 31 to 28.  Before that, the bill was defeated in the Agriculture Committee.  The Post-Journal covers the story here.

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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Gov. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Agricultural Employees Overtime Bill

In Wage & Hour Legislation on August 4, 2010 at 9:47 am
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have made California’s hourly agricultural employees the only farmworkers in the nation to receive overtime pay after 40 hours a week or eight hours a day.  As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle:

In vetoing the measure, Schwarzenegger cited the fragile economy and said that extending overtime protections could put farms out of business, or result in lower paychecks for agricultural workers because farmers would hire more people and cut hours to avoid paying overtime.

The bill’s author, Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter (Kern County), blasted the veto. In a statement released by his office, Florez said the Republican governor sided “with a labor practice derived from the segregationist South,” and that the veto means it is “acceptable to treat one class of people differently from all others.”

By CHARLES H. JUNG

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