November 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's vision to build electric buses in California may be giving him a black eye. In April, Brown visited the factory of Chinese vehicle manufacturer Build Your Dreams, or BYD, and announced that the company would make similar vehicles in the high-desert city of Lancaster. "It's very significant," Brown said at the Shenzhen plant of BYD. "I think it's very important that we start replacing the bus fleet with electric buses. " But BYD has run into trouble with Brown's own labor regulators, now that the Lancaster assembly plant is gearing up for production.
September 25, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, a move celebrated by workers but criticized by many businesses. The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an hour will be lifted to $9 on July 1, 2014, and then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. Brown put his name on the legislation at the Ronald Reagan building in downtown Los Angeles, surrounded by beaming workers and under a banner that read, "Helping working families.
September 22, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The California Chamber of Commerce may have the Capitol's deadliest aim when it comes to shooting down bills that its members don't like. The giant lobbying group, which represents 13,500 large and small employers, posted a near-perfect score in efforts this year to defeat legislation it labeled "job killers. " This year, the chamber went gunning for 38 such bills. Only one made it through both the Democratic Party-dominated Legislature and landed on the governor's desk.
September 17, 2013 |
The Labor Department on Tuesday announced a new rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million direct care workers. The new rule would apply to workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2015. These workers would now be covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Previously, these positions were exempt because they fell under the "companionship services" category, which includes baby-sitters. Most dangerous jobs: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America But labor officials and the Obama administration said these types of jobs have become increasingly professionalized.
September 15, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Two of the Capitol's major political players, business and organized labor, chalked up big victories during marathon sessions at the end of the 2013 legislative year. Labor won a historic 25% increase in the minimum wage Thursday in the session's last hours. Employers denounced the two-step pay raise to $10 an hour in 2016 as a "job killer. " But employers reaped tax breaks for job development, state-regulated utilities got a go-ahead for new residential rate-setting rules, and the National Football League and other professional sports leagues picked up limits on workers' compensation benefits for out-of-state players.
September 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - A bill to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2016 has been approved by the California Legislature and sent to the governor. The hourly increase would take effect in two steps: from $8 to $9 in July 2014 and to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016. The heavily lobbied bill, AB10, was approved by both the Senate and the Assembly on Thursday. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who pledged to sign the measure by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville). Labor unions actively supported the increase; business lobbyists opposed it. “This is the time to raise the minimum wage to provide relief for hardworking families,” Alejo said.