Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove) has introduced Assembly Bill 640, which would permit an individual employee, with the consent of his/her employer, to work up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour work week, with no overtime pay requirement.
In California, the law requires that overtime compensation be paid for work performed by an employee in excess of eight hours in a single day, regardless of whether the employee works fewer than 40 hours in that week.
California is one of four states that do not follow the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which bases its overtime compensation on the total hours worked per week rather than the total hours worked.
Introduced in February of this year, the bill is scheduled for an April 20 hearing before the California Assembly.
The majority of California workers favor the flexible work schedule. The bill would benefit workers who have long commutes, allowing them to not be strangled by the soaring gas prices of late and save up to 20-percent off their weekly gas bill.
An extra day off each week would also allow 52 extra days of “family time,” say the bill’s proponents.