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   4/26/2013
Claudia Gilles, Deb Horne, Senator Berryhill, Michael Kalt and Ann Williams
CalSHRM members Claudia Gilles, Deb Horne,
Senator Berryhill, Michael Kalt and Ann Williams.

On April 24, the California Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) state director, Deb Horne, testified before the California Senate in Sacramento in strong support of legislation (S.B. 607) designed to advance workplace flexibility among nonexempt, private-sector employees throughout the state.

The legislation, sponsored by Senator Tom Berryhill of the 14th District, which includes Modesto and Fresno, is designed to modernize California’s wage and hour laws by allowing nonexempt employees in the private sector to request a flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek, without the obligation for the employer to pay overtime compensation for those additional hours worked in a workday.  Participation in such arrangements would be strictly voluntary, and the bill contains a series of safeguards for employees, such as ensuring that only the employee (not the employer) can request such a schedule, and it provides an opportunity for the employee (or the employer) to discontinue the schedule with appropriate notice.  Those employees who elect not to choose such schedules will continue to receive daily overtime as required under current California wage and hour laws.

The director of human resources for CMC Rescue Inc. in Santa Barbara, Horne shared with members of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee that her company’s employees are interested in flexible schedules, but her company feared that implementing such programs under current California wage and hour laws was too risky given the complexity of crafting such policies under current California wage and hour laws.  “My company and employers across California would appreciate the option of allowing flextime to help employees better meet their work-life needs,” she testified.

To view a copy of Horne's statement presented to the committee, please click HERE.  Following the hearing, the Democratic-controlled panel voted to block further consideration of the bill this year.

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