California State Employees Pay Cut to Minimum Wage – Proposed b

As if things weren’t bad enough for workers in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is suggesting a dramatic pay cut for more than 200,000 state employees that would take their pay down to California’s minimum wage rate of $8.00 per hour.   California’s state workers have already been subjected to unpaid monthly furlough days for more than a year. The Governor’s latest attempt to help California out of its estimated $19 billion budget deficit was somewhat ironically announced on the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – which created the federal minimum wage standard and was implemented for the protection and benefit of workers.

A spokesman the state controller announced that the state will continue “paying employees their full salary” so as not to risk any potential violation of overtime and retirement-contribution laws.

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