The state of California has decided that they want to lure more hourly workers to the state by mandating overtime for all hours beyond 32 in a week.

“There has been no correlation between working more hours and better productivity,” Garcia said

Well if that’s true, why stop at 32? Why not 16 hours? Or 8? Supporters claim that the same amount of work done in 5 days can be done in 4 days. The idea is that employees work 80% of the time for 100% of the pay and maintain 100% productivity. If that is the case, why can’t they work 80% of the time, maintain 100% productivity for 90% pay?

We all know that productivity will decrease by 20%, but labor costs will increase. This additional cost will be passed on to consumers and will result in more inflation, both within California and in all products exported or transported from California.

Let’s see what the proposed law says:

510.(a) (1) Eight hours of labor constitutes a day’s work. Any work in excess of eight hours in one workday and any work in excess of 40 32 hours in any one workweek and the first eight hours worked on the seventh day of work in any one workweek shall be compensated at the rate of no less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for an employee. 

The compensation rate of pay at 32 hours shall reflect the previous compensation rate of pay at 40 hours, and an employer shall not reduce an employee’s regular rate of pay as a result of this reduced hourly workweek requirement.

The propsed act goes on to exempt union employees and government employees. If large employers are smart, they will separate workers into smaller divisions with separate FEINs, or will simply leave the state.

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Big Ruckus D · April 13, 2022 at 10:33 am

It’s California. I won’t even bother anynore trying to make an insightful comment about the idiocy they are being consumed by. The whole place is a write off.

Those wishing to break away and form the state of Jefferson may not be worthy of such blithe dismissal, but realistically they are going nowhere with that plan. Besides, forming a new state is just operating within the current system and conceding to its frame – which is a lost cause – so would only slightly delay the consequences they seek to avoid; assuming a split would ever be allowed (and it won’t be, not under the present systen).

    EN2 SS · April 13, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    New California advocates they can legally split, using the WV method. I wish them luck.

      Big Ruckus D · April 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Not happening. Tyrants will not release any of their tax slaves to pursue a better deal, though they are perfectly willing to kill their tax slaves if they get to uppity. See, it isn’t about the money. It’s about the control.

      Now, if the residents of the proposed state of Jefferson want to invade the state house and governor’s mansion and exterminate all the rodents and cockroaches found therein, they might have a shot. But then, if there was willingness on an adequate scale to do that, this country wouldn’t already be SOL.

      No, by the time tempers grow hot enough (and wallets and bellies empty enough) to take such action en masse, so much damage will have accrued that it will save nothing. Cleaning out the shit is, however, a worthy pursuit in its own right, so should still be done with a voracious appetite for retribution.

Skid Marx · April 13, 2022 at 12:20 pm

Work is a construct of the white male patriarchy.
Everything is a human right in the United States of South Africa.
To each according to his need, shirkers of the world unite.
Forward! Yes we can.

    EN2 SS · April 13, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    United States of Africa. FIFY

JaimeInTexas · April 13, 2022 at 12:59 pm

“excess of 40 32 hours”

There is a strike through over the 40.

Steve S · April 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

Hire more people but make them all part-timers with 20 hour week. Let them get 2 jobs.

Vote with your feet and leave would be my preferred response.

Steve · April 14, 2022 at 8:31 am

From a discussion on another blog I read, but I think this nails the motivation
I think her goal is to force people to join unions if they want full time work, otherwise they’re only allowed to work part-time.
Progressives have it in their head that everybody MUST join a union, whether they want to is beside the point.

Can you actually refute the statement? All progressive labor policy is highly tilted to unions (and often written by unions). This bill being discussed exempts Unions. Only by having Union labor can an employer have workers work 40 hour work weeks. Seems to me a mighty big legislative hammer towards unionization.

The new EV tax credit in the failed Build Back Better bill only applied the US built portion to union shops and not any shop employing Americans. Progressives have been trying to kill Right to Work at a national level, preventing individual states from making their own decisions based on their voters (and thus preventing workers the choice to join or not join a union — forced union membership). Progressives keep trying to remove privacy from Union Card Checks so that workers cannot vote against unionization without the Union and organizers knowing who was against it. And so on and so on.

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