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California Legislature Considering Temp Worker Protection Bill

Wikimedia / Patsy Lynch
 

Wikimedia / Patsy Lynch

A new National Employment Law Project report says more than 70 percent of contract workers are not paid overtime. It also says a quarter of contract workers report minimum wage violations.

Assemblyman Roger Hernández says contract workers are being treated unfairly because some employers want to duck their responsibilities.

“More and more folks that are doing the same work as the internal, or in house worker, are getting paid less for the same work that’s being rendered,” says Hernandez. “That’s driving down middle class jobs in California.”

Jennifer Barrera with the California Chamber of Commerce says companies shouldn’t have to be on the hook for contract employees over whom they have no control.

“You could essentially not be able to control any of the working conditions of the employees and still be held liable for the wage and hour violations that are committed by the employer,” says Barrera.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will take up AB 1897 next. 

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