The California State Legislature resumed with the 2013-14 legislative session this week.
Under review again was AB 907 by Assemblywoman Connie Conway (R-Tulare). The California Restaurant Association testified in the Assembly Labor Committee in support of the bill, which would have eliminated the burdensome alternative workweek election process and allowed employees the opportunity to request a four, 10-hour per day workweek schedule that would have addressed the needs of both the employer and employee. Unfortunately, the majority party voted to maintain the status quo rather than keep up with the changes in the workplace.
Attempts at the federal level have sought to address similar concerns with flexible work schedules. However, Democrats at both the state and federal levels have concerns that these types of changes do not protect low-paid workers from employers who might push them to take comp time when they would prefer overtime pay. In addition, some are concerned there are no guarantees that workers would be allowed to use that comp time at a time of their choosing.
The CRA will continue to push for legislative opportunities that give both employers and employees more flexible options in determining what works best for operations and staff scheduling.
For more information, contact Kara Bush at 800.765.4842.