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Working Thanksgiving? No pay bump from California

Siding with employers, the California Assembly on Tuesday halted a bill that would have guaranteed double pay for working on Thanksgiving.

A broader version of Assembly Bill 67 failed in 2015. The narrower iteration that came before legislators on Tuesday no longer covered Christmas and only applied to large retailers and grocery stores with 500 or more employees.

Backers said the bill intended to push back on the increasing commercialization of holidays, with heavily promoted sales leading stores to remain open longer and pull employees away from their families.

Numerous business groups opposed the bill as an unfair restriction on employers. The bill failed with 35 no votes and 31 aye votes.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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