Friday, July 30, 2010

Governor Vetoes Agricultural Overtime Bill

On July 28, 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have removed the exemption for agricultural employees from overtime and meal period requirements under California law. 
As previously reported, on July 20, the bill was enrolled and sent to the Governor’s desk.  With the veto, the bill is likely dead, as a legislative override requires a two-thirds vote in each house and has not occurred in over 30 years.
In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said “this measure, while well-intended, will not improve the lives of California's agricultural workers and instead will result in additional burdens on California businesses, increased unemployment, and lower wages.”
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